What type of posture do you have?
Are you a swayback? A sloucher? Military type? Does your bum stick out a bit too much? Are your hamstrings too tight? Pilates is one of the most effective ways of correcting posture. We always recommend you start a beginners course – see our schedule here
Negative effects of poor posture
The truth is – the way you sit or stand can have a negative effect on your body over time causing niggling aches or worse.
Read on to find out what posture type you might have. And if you can’t work out what is going on – our physio and physical therapists will check you out in our clinic at no charge.
Poor posture while sitting, walking or even just standing up can lead to additional strain on your neck and back muscles, as well as your nerves. This excess and unnecessary strain can build up over time and give you the aches that you feel on your back and neck. About 80% of people suffer from back or neck pain at some stage in their lives.
Are you feeling any niggling pains or tension now?
When the spine is not in proper alignment, the back muscles, ligaments, discs and spinal joints are all under extra stress. If not corrected, this may lead to more permanent problems.Back and neck pain can be improved by correcting poor posture, stretching tight muscles and strengthening weak muscles.
Do any of these sound familiar?
Stand side-on in a mirror wearing very little. Jump up and down and when you land, check yourself out (or ask a close friend how your help out). Are you:
- Leaning your head forward – Forward head posture is when your chin juts forward. Perhaps your shoulders are also forward with a rounding of your upper back.
- Sticking your bum out – Overarching your lower back and chest forward. Very typical in those with weak abs, especially women.
- Slouching – The shoulders are rounded forward. The curve on your lower and upper back are exaggerated.
- Swayback – This can occur when your hips sink forward and your spine hangs back. Men often get this – just like Marlboro man.
- Military type – Your upper back is exaggeratedly straight with your lower back over arched (bum sticking out).
- Curvey spine – One hip is slightly higher than the other and your spine may have a snake like appearance. Common with parents from favouring one hip to carry children on.
- Perfect posture – Drawing an imaginary plumb line from the crown of your head, through your neck to your tailbone – everything lines up.
Poor posture can cause a lifetime of pain and discomfort and speed up degeneration of your body! Take up Pilates now and do something to stay active and healthy.
The elbowroom has an extensive range of classes for all ages and abilities. We offer such an eclectic mix to enable you to find something that will suit you. If you need any advice, please contact our class advisor who can point you in the right direction.