It’s important to have good sitting posture and there’s a lot of poor posture in London, UK. What’s the problem with that? There are health issues that can arise from poor posture. Good posture keeps the bones in correct alignment and allows the muscles to work correctly. That not only decreases the stress on joints and ligaments, reducing abnormal wear and tear on the joints. It reduces the potential for headaches, lower back pain, while improving circulation, digestion and increased lung capacity. Good posture either reduces or eliminates TMJ, while also making you look thinner and more confident.
What is good sitting posture?
Not only is it important to have the correct posture, having your chair at the right height is important too. Your feet should be on the ground, your back in neutral position and arms at the height of your desk if you’re at a desk. Your feet and knees should be hip width apart. You can achieve hip width by first sitting with feet together, then turning the toes outward as far as you can. Now pivot the heels
What is neutral position for the spine?
To find the neutral position, you have to know where the middle hip range is. First, put your hands on the upper part of your hips and pivot your hips forward as far as possible. That’s forward position. Next, pivot the hips backward as far as you can, your back will feel rounded. In the middle of those two extremes is neutral position.
Sacral sitting comes from a posterior or backward tilt.
Your mom may have called it slumping and said it made you look frumpy, but this type of sitting also causes other problems. It can actually cause difficulty breathing, just to name one. The anterior tilt, the forward position, often affects obese people. A severe case actually puts weight on the pubic area and causes not only back pain, but bladder issues too.
- Maybe one side is higher than the other when you sit, that’s pelvic rotation. It can come from either the furniture being uneven and the person compensating or from one side being weaker.
- Pelvic rotation is another problem that causes poor positioning of the spine. It can occur because one leg is longer than another, there’s a problem with the hip or simply that the chair doesn’t provide adequate support or is too big.
- If it’s hard to have good posture while sitting, maybe tight or contracted hamstrings are the problem. They play an important role in seating posture. The right exercises can address this issue.
- So many issues affect your seating posture and many of them can be corrected with the right program of exercise. I want to help and that’s why I offer a free assessment and free e-book at the Tensegrity Coach.
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