Having good posture usually predetermines that you will be free from chronic musculoskeletal pain, whereas poor posture is a warning sign of aches and pains to come. If you suffer with chronic muscle and joint pain, most likely you have poor posture.
Not sure how to tell if you have good posture or poor posture? Take the Posture Self Analysis below.
Posture Self Analysis
First set up a full body length mirror.
Facing sideways to the mirror:
1. Look to see how your ear, center of your shoulder, hip, knee and ankle line up.
2. Observe your shoulders while your arms are by your side.
3. Check the curvature of your spine.
4. Look at your waistline (belt line).
Facing front towards the mirror:
5. Look at your shoulders.
6. Look at your hips.
7. Look at your knee caps.
8. Look at your feet.
Note - The ‘poor posture’ indicators above are common indicators of poor posture, but there are an infinite number of possible ‘poor posture’ permutations.
Poor Posture Is Often The Result Of Having An Abnormal Foot Structure
If you find your posture deviates from the above eight indicators, your posture is less than optimal. Poor posture is a sign that you may have an abnormal foot structure – either the Rothbarts Foot or PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity. It is this abnormal foot structure that may be causing your chronic muscle and joint pain.
Following is the sequence of events that occurs in your body:
All feet send signals to the brain (cerebellum) and the cerebellum automatically adjusts the body’s posture according to the signals it receives. If you have a normal foot structure, correct signals are sent to your brain, which then adjusts your posture to an optimal position. If you have an abnormal foot structure, your feet send distorted signals to your brain and your brain automatically distorts your posture. And it is this chronic poor posture that, over time, inflames your joints and muscles, creating chronic pain.
To find more information on whether you may have an abnormal foot structure causing your chronic pain, take the Rothbarts Foot Questionnaire.
If you are ready to take the next step towards freedom from chronic pain, go to the Schedule an Initial Phone Consultation page.
Do You Have Poor Posture? Take this Posture Self Analysis