Here are some common posture mistakes most people make. Learn how to fix some of these postures so they don’t cause chronic pain.
1. Pelvis Forward
Also known as lordosis, people who stand this way may be doing so in an attempt to relieve back pain, but lumbar lordosis can cause its own pain and also affect the range of movement. It sometimes develops after childbirth because the baby has pulled the pelvis forward.
This is the chronic posture of the 21st century, because so many of us are hunched over computers, tablets and phones all day. This leads to tightness in the chest and a weak upper back. Eventually, you might end up with permanent rounding of the upper back, or kyphosis.
3. Leaning on One Leg
Also known as the ‘streetwalker stance’, leaning on one leg may seem like a comfortable way to offload weight, but it puts too much pressure on one side of your lower back and hip instead of letting your core and glutes do the work.
It’s important to fix this posture with your weight evenly distributed on both legs, and to not carry heavy bags that force you to lean to one side.
4. Forward Head Posture
Look at a photo of yourself in profile. Is your head thrust forward? This can be caused by staring at a computer screen, or leaning forward straining to hear the TV. It’s important to fix this posture by keeping your line of sight level, rather than correcting this by lifting your head upwards.
5. Crossed Legs When Sitting
As sexy as those screen sirens may look, their lower backs are probably on fire. Though this position probably feels natural by now, it causes chronic slouching. Practice uncrossing your legs and sitting up straight with both feet on the floor.
6. Rounded Shoulders
Also known as ‘caveman stance’, this posture is characterized by forward-facing (though not dragging!) knuckles, when your arms are hanging by your sides. Rounded shoulders is an indication of a tight chest and a weak upper back.
7. Slouching in a Chair
As any teen can tell you, slumping may feel more comfortable than sitting up straight because it requires less effort, but all that pressure is being placed on the lower back. It signifies a weak core and puts undue strain on your ligaments, joints and other soft tissues.