Better Posture


A proper posture exudes success and confidence. There are a lot of benefits to having a good posture.; not just for improving your appearance. A correctly aligned posture is essential for maintaining optimum energy levels, ensuring muscle function efficiency, and preventing lower back pain, often resulting from prolonged structural imbalances. As a result, having an excellent posture not only boosts confidence but also benefits your physical and mental well-being.

Many physical therapists say correct postural alignment is the best-kept secret to advancing fitness movements. Regardless of your age, you can improve your posture and begin the realignment process now.

How do we become misaligned?

The most common causes are injuries from falls and accidents, but bad posture results from environmental factors and incorrect biomechanics habits, such as carrying heavy bags on one shoulder. Sitting and slouching in front of the TV and poking our heads forward, goose-style, at computer screens harms our posture, and so does carrying excessive weight. Muscular imbalances, such as the thighs being over-trained compared to the opposing hamstring muscles, are also contributing factors.

What does a good posture look like:

  • Your shoulders, hips and knees are at an equal height from the floor.
  • From the side view, you should have four natural curves in your spine.
  • Your head sits straight, with no tilts or rotation.
  • Vertebrae run straight down the centre of your back.

Variations from this postural ideal tell us where to look for tensions and weaknesses. When we perform a postural assessment on you, we draw a map of all the structural misalignments and can tell what needs to be stretched and which muscles should be strengthened.

If your head is jutting 7 cm forward of the cervical spine, the neck flexors will take on three times the weight of your head, restricting neck movement in all planes. After ironing out all the contracted and tense musculature, you can let go of your ideal posture rather than having to physically hold on to achieve it and improve posture. The goal is the elongation of the tissues without any effort.

It only takes 15% of our natural strength to maintain a better posture and achieve an even distribution of the force of gravity throughout our body. Just as an architect focuses on balance, weight distribution and gravity to prevent structural weakness when designing a building, so should we learn to move with the correct posture and work with gravity to maximise structural support and achieve better posture.

The aim for all of us, young and old, is to enhance movement and mobility, unwind and unlock the years of accumulative tension and re-energise our bodies in readiness for all the new physical challenges ahead. Time to improve your posture now!

Are you ready to improve your posture?

Take the first step towards more flexibility, restored mobility and a straighter posture