One of the many questions we receive at OsteoStrong when a member first joins our community is “will this help my posture”?
Our bodies are an integrated complex system of pulley and cable structures comprising of bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia.
Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting, or lying down. Optimal posture is the correct alignment and activation of body parts supported by the right amount of muscle tension against gravity. This is a “constantly-moving-and-evolving” relationship and without the muscles that control posture, we would simply fall to the ground.
Generally, we do not consciously maintain normal posture. Instead, certain muscles do it for us, and we don’t even have to think about it. Several muscle groups, including the hamstrings and large back muscles, are critically important in maintaining good posture. While the ligaments help to hold the skeleton together, these postural muscles, when functioning properly, prevent the forces of gravity from pushing us forward or backward. Postural muscles also maintain our posture and balance during movement.
The intimate interaction between tendons, ligaments and muscles provides a supportive and ever changing dynamic to the human body.
Sometimes due to the various loads placed on the body, this over time can result in poor posture which typical exercise modalities do not necessarily address. Because of this, many people develop changes to their alignment impacting on their gait and symmetry to the lower body. This also can impact on the way force transfers throughout the spine challenging mobility, flexibility, and muscle patterning.
Whilst we don’t recommend becoming obsessive over your posture, we do know our posture has a massive impact on your overall health.
Here are some compelling reasons to make it your mission to improve your posture!
People with good posture report –
- Pain-free movement and flexibility
- Better balance and coordination
- Higher energy levels
- Elevated confidence within self & with daily tasks
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Optimism and positive attitude
- Peak athletic performance
- Ability to breathe more efficiently & effectively
- More youthful appearance
- Staying active longer
At OsteoStrong, using our Spectrum system, our members challenge the kinetic chains of the body enabling large postural muscles to become stronger allowing for better support, an improvement to the resting muscle tone and an improvement in activation and posture.
This is coupled with a strong focus on the eyes, ears and feet, all components of the balance systems of the body. By working together with the member, targeting their balance, bone & muscle strength and posture we are aiming to maximise a fracture prevention strategy.
As always, don’t forget motion is lotion and the brain loves to be challenged. Move and stretch in lots of different ways to stimulate the nervous system and challenge muscles, ligaments and joints. Remember, posture is dynamic.