The Essential Guide to Getting Good Posture
If you’re reading this series, my guess is that you have some motivation to work on your posture. Everyone’s reason for wanting to improve posture is different.
You might have a persistent ache in your neck or back that crops up every time you have to sit in front of a computer — which is often. Or maybe you’ve noticed that your shoulders are getting rounded and hunched and you just don’t like the way that looks.
I had one man tell me that he first started working on his because he didn’t like that his neck and chin jutted out in front of his body. He later went on to become a posture and movement therapist himself!
Whatever your reason, you’re in the right place. This series deals with the core fundamentals of getting good posture.
And I can hear you thinking, don’t I just have to stand up straighter and put my shoulders back? How hard can it be?
Well, frankly, if all it took to fix bad posture was telling someone to stand properly, then we’d all have the grace of a dancer.
The fact is, your posture and movement habits run deep. They’re the composite of your learned neuro-muscular patterns (humans are wired to imitate each other), genetic inheritance, and lived experience (accidents, injuries, traumas, etc.).
Posture is intrinsically linked with neurology — your brain. To change the way you stand and sit, you have to actually change how you’re wired.
There is a lot of faulty information floating around about how to get good posture. Most of it is harmless but a waste of time, while some of these posture myths are actually incredibly damaging to your body long-term.
This series on how to fix bad posture will help you get the facts straight and reap the many benefits of standing taller and moving more freely.0