What Your Posture Says About You
Injury Care & PreventionWellness Apr 25, 2016
What Your Posture Says About You

Wouldn’t it be nice if we all had the great posture that our grandmothers wanted us to? Unfortunately we usually don’t and your lack of “good posture” can actually tell experts some things about you – both emotional and physical.

Body language is subconscious communication that tells the world how you are really feeling, no matter what your words say. Your body position is a huge billboard for those who are looking, but there is more to your posture than just body language.

You can tell some things about a person’s self-image, openness to new ideas and level of anxiety by how the body is positioned but your posture can also tell your health care provider about your body condition. This includes information such as how well your muscles are working together, which muscles are weaker and which muscle groups may be under strain.

Slouching At The Desk

In “body language” examination, slouching may indicate poor self-esteem or it may simply indicate fatigue with either case being “beat down.” On the other hand, to a physical therapist, slouching may indicate tight hamstrings that pull your rear forward, causing your spine to curve. Slouching at your desk is a common cause of back and neck pain.

A Protruding Belly

A belly that sticks out is often a result of weak core muscles. Weak “core” muscles in the lower back and abdomen allow your spine to curve and your abdomen to protrude. Strengthening your core is a good way to help avoid back injuries.

Uneven Hips

If you stand straight and one hip is lower than the other or if you spend a lot of time resting on one hip, it may indicate that you have a weak gluteus medius. This muscle is in your rear and is critical for controlling the hip and knee.

Head Forward

Having a head position that is forward of your shoulders can indicate tightness in the neck and base skull muscles. This can be caused by sleeping on too many pillows or by slouching.

A Droopy Rear

Gravity has a lot to do with a fallen rear end but so does weak back muscles. Again, this is part of the “core” strengthening which can improve your posture all around. If it is just that you have “heavy hips” – you may have foot problems causing your hip muscles to weaken and allowing you to “sink” into them.

Most people ignore the posture until it causes pain. Physical pain such as back pain is often the result of incorrect repetitive movements – and bad posture. Correcting your posture may take some effort to break those habits but if it relieves pain, it may be worth the trouble and it may have other benefits as well – both for your health and your career.

Opening up the chest cavity by standing straight can ease the pressure on your heart and good posture gives you the appearance of self-confidence, good for your professional and personal life.