Postural Body Alignment
Have you noticed how a tree trunk grows straight up, and that the branches tend to be symmetrical around the solid core? This “posture” gives the tree the strength to withstand the effects of wind and gravity.
Optimal posture allows us to function most efficiently. In correct posture (side view), a line, similar to a plumb line used in building, dropped from the level of your ear will fall straight to your shoulder, through the middle of your pelvis, knees and feet. Your head, trunk, pelvis and knees are “stacked”, one on top of the other. Deviations or muscles out of balance from this positioning can have negative consequences on your health and well-being.
Correcting postural asymmetry will make you Look Great, Move freely and Feel Awesome!
Your Postural Evaluation
Your postural deviations are detailed in the first assessment session with Heidi. You will see photos of yourself from the side, front and back. Your center of gravity or how your body is balanced over your feet.
Your Customized Exercise Program
Heidi will develop a customized exercise (strengthening and stretching) program for you.
This routine is designed to target the root of the deviations listed in order or priority in your report. The goal is to balance the activity of opposing muscle groups acting on your joints and/or body segments in order to return you to correct posture. Problems in posture may be related to some muscles being over-developed and needing to be stretched, and others being weak and needing to be strengthened.
Maximum benefit occurs when the exercises are done correctly.
Most think that poor posture is simply a state of not looking your best.
But posture is a reflection of the health of the spine. It's the shifting of the spine that can cause the outward posture appearance. Normal, neutral posture has been defined as . . .
And From the side, a plumb line should pass through the center of the
And end just in front of the ankle.
Most Common Posture Profile - Forward Head Posture
It's estimated that 90% of the population has a posture profile of the head being in front of the shoulders. This doesn't make it "normal" just prevalent. But there is much more to this than not looking your best.
If a person maintains this posture for a long period, months or years, the following can occur.
Head Moves Forward
Shoulders Become Rounded
Arms Rotate Inward
Chest Cavity Compresses
A "Dowager's Hump can Develop
It’s estimated that for every inch the head moves forward, an additional 15-30 pounds
of tension is placed on the cervical muscles. t can also lead to . . .
Diminished joint range of motion
Accelerated arthritic changes in the
Additional stress on spinal disks
Muscles can become weak when held in a shortened state. This can happen due to prolonged poor posture. Muscles that are stretched and held in that position for prolonged periods develop "stretch
weakness" No matter how you work or play, posture affects your overall performance.
Proper posture can mean the difference between winning and losing.
At Functional Fitness of the South Bay we
use high-tech posture analysis tools that
detect posture deviations.
Finding poor posture results early means a
greater chance of correction.
Poor posture does not have to be a lifetime curse.
At Functional Fitness of the South Bay we can help you "Turn back time", and actually reverse physiological changes.
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