Understanding Correct Posture
For years we have been told to sit and stand straight maintaining a good posture. In spite all said, poor posture has become an epidemic among humans, thanks to the urban lifestyle. Life has become nothing but long hours of sitting at work and living in the new world of mobile phones and tablets. This digital world has surely made things easy, fast and accessible but at the cost of your movement, physical work and health. These are the side effects of urbanization, which we have already discussed in detail in one of our articles. Please click here to read it if you have missed.
Correct posture is when the whole musculoskeletal system is working at its optimum. Right alignment of joints and a good balance between the muscles, ensuring no excessive strain is placed on any structure. A correct posture not only engages the right muscles, it also reduces your effort in carrying out activities. Now the million dollar question is what a correct posture is and how one can avoid excessive strain on the joints and muscles. The most common answer would be standing and sitting straight. However, “straight” is not the right word when it comes to many joints of the body. The right word here should be neutral. Being straight somewhat corrects your posture but if you are not aware of the neutral position, compensation is meant to happen to achieve a straight posture. Many a times the word “straight” can be misleading.
Next important thing to consider while correcting posture is to include each and every joint. However, we often only concentrate at one particular area of body or joint. For example, when people try to correct their sitting posture they seem more focused on straightening their spine, ignoring the pelvis shoulders, feet and arm position. Our whole skeletal system is a chain. If you change something at one end it will affect the whole chain. This makes it important to understand the neutral position of every joint in our skeletal system.