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Postural Awareness

Postural awareness is important because it has many benefits in maintaining an optimal state of health. Proper posture is maintaining a neutral spine by keeping your head over your pelvis. Think about a plumb line dropped from the ceiling. If you stood next to it, this line would pass through the center or just behind the ear, through the center of the shoulder line up with your hip bone, the greater trochanter and the ankle bone known as the malleolus.

Some major benefits of good posture include, but are not limited to, increased energy flow through the body, improved oxygenation, reduction of pressures on the intervertebral discs, and avoidance of myofascial trigger points which can occur due to development of muscle imbalances as a result of poor posture.

Lastly, some good advice if you are trying to correct your posture. Think about the 10% rule. Make only about a 10 % change when trying to pull your shoulders back and tuck your pelvis. If you do more than 10%, your muscles, which are not used to the extra work, may ache and cause extra pain. Correcting poor posture is a process that occurs gradually over time. It is not uncommon for this process to take a few months. Please consult your medical provider on how to stretch tight muscles that occur as a result of chronic poor posture.