What is poor posture?
Nearly all aches and pains such as “bad knees” or “back pain” are a result of activities repeatedly done in a way that the body is not designed to do. Poor posture is when the alignment of the body is positioned in a way that causes joints and muscles extra stress. Certain muscles become tight because they are shortened, and other muscles are made longer leading to a posture that may resemble the one below.
What causes it?
What in recent history has changed drastically? Technology has brought many advances that are tremendously helpful and powerful. So much so, that it is hard to remember how life was like before it. I work as a high school teacher, and many of the students I teach cannot even imagine a life without their phone. (Much like Ring of Power, some students find their phones very precious and react accordingly when it is taken away from them.)
When I take a students phone....
How they react...
So the use of technology will only increase, and it is up to the user to be vigilant of its effect on their body when using. If not the cases of injury will only continue to increase. Almost all cases are completely preventable, yet it is something that many people have little knowledge about, let alone a reason to prioritize being mindful of it.
Think your posture is fine? Maybe, but...
Even the top athletes of the world can make it to the highest level of the sport with poor mechanics as shown in the image below on the right. Certain muscles become shortened and cannot be used properly, which will lead to poor mechanics in EVERY MOVEMENT. It is not by mere coincidence that NFL athlete, Robert Griffith III (right), has had multiple knee injuries in his career.
Correct from explosive jumping versus incorrect form. Both are PROFESSIONAL athletes.
Do you have poor posture?
A top-level athlete who makes a living on the basis of keeping their body optimal has resources such as trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, fellow athletes, physical therapists, and chiropractors at their disposal. If they can still have poor mechanics in their movements, can you predict how high your chances of having it are?
A sign that your posture needs improvement is reoccurring pain or aches in your body: back, knees, shoulders, elbows, neck, feet, hands, etc. Be proactive about these problems as they will only get worse over time.
Physical therapists and chiropractors are worth investing in if you value your physical wellbeing. Many of them provide free knowledge on social media such as on Instagram @dr.jacob.harden @vinnierehab @moveu_official and much more.