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The Importance of Posture

Good posture is the key to moving and feeling great!


The image above shows 5 bad postures that many people develop. As you can see in the picture, when one thing gets out of position the rest of the chain is affected and compensates accordingly.

EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED.

One of the most common issues we see is kyphosis of the thoracic spine.



This next image shows upper and lower crossed syndrome which develops from the muscular imbalances created from the poor posture. As your upper back gets more rounded (kyphotic) your upper traps, sternocleidomastoid (SCM), and pecs become more overactive and tight while the neck flexors, lower traps, and serratus are inhibited (inactive) and get weaker. This is the common cause of shoulder problems, elbow pain, nerve problems in the hands, headaches, neck tension, upper back tightness, etc..




The last couple images are of a thoracic mobility test that you can try out yourself to see if you need to start working on your posture! If you are unable to extend your arms overhead and keep your back flat against the floor, you need to work on your thoracic mobility. *Side note* if you failed this test, then you shouldn’t be doing over head pressing.*


IF YOU ARE WORKING OUT IN PAIN, YOU ARE DOING IT WRONG! Exercise is medicine. Get help from an expert in biomechanics and get to the root of your problem. Schedule your free assessment today!

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