Good posture generally means that you will be free from chronic muscle and joint pain, whereas poor posture (See Animation on the left) is a warning sign of aches and pains to come. If you suffer with chronic pain, chances are that you have poor posture.
Not sure how to tell if you have good posture or poor posture? Take the Posture Self Analysis below.
Posture Self Analysis
First set up a full body length mirror.
Facing sideways to the mirror:
- Look to see how your ear, center of your shoulder, hip knee and ankle are stacked.
- If you have good posture, they will be one above the other in a straight line. The auricle (opening of your ear) should be directly over your outer ankle bone.
- If you have poor posture, the auricle will be either in front of or behind your outer ankle bone.
- Look at your shoulders while your arms are by your side.
- If you have good posture, your shoulders will be back and your thumbs will be pointing straight forward.
- If you have poor posture, your shoulders will appear rounded or hinged forward. Your thumbs will be pointing inward/towards each other.
- Check the curvature of your spine.
- If you have good posture, your spine should have a slight S-curve, but should not be too rounded or too arched.
- If you have poor posture, the curve in your low back will be very pronounced, which makes your buttocks protrude posteriorly.
- Look at your waistline (belt line).
- If you have good posture, your beltline will be level.
- If you have poor posture, your beltline will tilt forward or backward.
Facing front towards the mirror:
- Look at your shoulders.
- If you have good posture, your shoulders will be level.
- If you have poor posture, one shoulder will be higher than the other.
- Look at your hips.
- If you have good posture, your hips (waist line/belt) will be level (parallel to the floor).
- If you have poor posture, your waist line/belt will be tilted – one side higher than the other.
- Look at your knee caps.
- If you have good posture, both your knee caps should point straight ahead. The knees should have about 4-5 inches of space between them.
- If you have poor posture, your knee caps will be rotated either inward or outward. The inside of your knees may be nearly touching.
- Look at your feet.
- If you have good posture, your feet will point straight ahead. You will feel your weight distributed equally over your heel, inner and outer ball of your foot.
- If you have poor posture, your feet will be turned either inward or outward. You will feel your weight predominately distributed along the inside or outside of your foot.
Note: The ‘poor posture’ indicators above are common indicators of poor posture, but there are an infinite number of possible ‘poor posture’ variations.
Poor Posture Often Comes From Having An Abnormal Foot Structure
If you find your posture deviates from the above eight indicators, your posture is less than optimal.
Poor posture is a sign that you may have an abnormal foot structure. And it is this abnormal foot structure that is causing your chronic muscle and joint pain.
Yes, your feet can cause poor posture! It happens like this: All feet send signals to the brain and the brain automatically adjusts your posture according to the signals it receives. If you have a normal foot structure, your brain adjusts your posture to be upright. If you have an abnormal foot structure, your feet will send abnormal signals to your brain and your brain automatically distorts your posture. And it is this chronic poor posture that is, over time, inflaming your joints and muscles and causing your chronic pain.
If you have poor posture, I suggest that in addition to taking the above Posture Self Analysis, you also take the Rothbarts Foot Questionnaire. These two tests will give you the information you need in order to take your next step towards healing your body of chronic pain forever.
Reading the Curing Chronic Pain website will give you more information about the abnormal foot structures Professor/Dr. Rothbart discovered that cause many forms of chronic muscle and joint pain and help you determine whether an Initial Phone Consultation with him might be helpful.
For a more complete explanation of the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, read: Abnormal Foot Structures That Cause Chronic Pain.
To find out if you may have one of two common inherited, abnormal foot structures that cause chronic muscle and joint pain, take the Rothbarts Foot Questionnaire.
As you learn more about Professor/Dr. Rothbart’s innovative therapy, you may find that addressing and effectively treating your foot structure may be the missing link to ending your long time battle with unrelenting muscle and joint pain.
If you have questions about what’s involved in being treated with Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy by long distance, see our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Page by clicking here.
If you would like to contact Professor/Dr. Rothbart regarding an appointment to resolve your chronic muscle and joint pain, click here. http://curingchronicpain.com/schedule-an-initial-phone-consultation
Professor/Dr. Brian A. Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of the International Academy RPT
Free Excerpt from Professor/Dr. Rothbart’s second book, The Foot’s Connection To Chronic Pain