Friday, December 19, 2014

Why Is It Important to Correct Bad Posture?

The answer to this question may seem pretty self-evident to an athlete or dancer. I myself studied dance for over 30 years and right from the beginning, had it drummed into my head to pull my shoulders down, tuck in my ‘butt’ and lift up from my 'center’.  Because of strict teachers who only wanted the best from me and years of body movement experience, I became acutely aware of the importance of good posture.  I found that unless the posture is correct, balance and ease of movement is pretty much impossible.

If you have never danced or performed another method of body movement that requires good posture, you still may have heard about good vs. bad posture as a child, from your mother telling you to sit up straight and don’t slouch.

Why is it so important to correct bad posture?

 Let’s think of bad posture as being similar to a car alignment problem.

1.    When the suspension of a car is out of alignment, the weight of the car is unevenly distributed across the surfaces of the tires. 

2.    Some parts of the tires receive more weight than other parts.  This causes the tires to wear unevenly. 

3.    The thread is worn down until the performance of the tire fails completely (See Fig. 1 below).

Likewise, when you have bad posture, your body’s weight is unevenly distributed across the joint surfaces of your ankles, knees, hip, back, neck and jaw.  What this means is that some areas of these joints receive more weight that other areas.    

1.  This causes the cartilage within these joints to wear unevenly. (See Fig. 2 below)

2.  The cartilage is gradually worn down until the joint surfaces are destroyed.

3.  The end result is chronic, debilitating joint pain.

Correct posture maintains correct alignment of the weight-bearing joints.  This prevents the cartilage from wearing unevenly. 

You can see that good posture is not only important for dancers and athletes, but is absolutely vital if you want to keep your own joints in good shape and your body pain free. 

So, as we look back upon the posture experience with our moms, we see that she was right!

 

Linda Penzabene 
Assistant to Professor/Dr. Rothbart


If you would like to read more technical information on posture, go to Professor/Dr. Rothbart’s research blog:  Why is it important to correct bad posture?

If you would like to correct your bad posture and get rid of your pain
, schedule an Initial Phone Consultation with Professor/Dr. Rothbart.

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