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Is Your Posture Holding You Back?

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Posture is the position from which movement begins and ends. The muscular and skeletal balance of
ideal posture allows the body to function most efficiently, protecting it from injury, progressive deformity,
and chronic pain. Poor posture can compromise optimal function, take away from aesthetics, and eventually lead to
pain and/or injury. Pictured below is an example of ideal posture as well as common postural dysfunctions.

 

One common characteristic of poor posture is restricted thoracic spine mobility (AKA tightness in the upper back).
This and the forward head lean are the most noticeable characteristics of the second picture above,
a common postural dysfunction call Upper Cross Syndrome. 

 

If it’s tough to reach your arms together behind your back like the picture above, you might have restricted mobility
in your thoracic spine.Click here to learn more about the thoracic spine as well as some great exercises to gently
improve its mobility. For a deeper dive into the topic of your own posture, contact your friendly neighborhood
bēkn physiologist for objective assessments paired with holistic recommendations.

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