Positive Posture – All You Need to Know!

Ever wondered why your mum always told you to sit up straight? Well, it turns out she was onto something!

Good posture isn’t just about looking prim and proper; it’s about keeping your spine in its happy place – the neutral position. Let’s dive into why good posture matters and how you can achieve it effortlessly.


So, what is a neutral spine? 

Straight and Curved: The magic of good posture lies in achieving a neutral spine. Picture this: when viewed from the front or back, your spine should be as straight as a ruler. From the side, it forms gentle curves that resemble the letter ‘S’. Think of it as your spine’s happy place – balanced, aligned, and oh-so-comfy.


Three Tips for Perfect Posture:

• Chin Up, Literally: Lift that chin and glide your head back until your ears align with your shoulders. It’s a subtle move that instantly adds a dash of elegance to your posture.

• Embrace Your Inner Superman/Woman: Channel your favourite superhero and lift up that chest. Not only does it look confident, but it also helps in opening up your airways for better breathing.

• Tuck That Tailbone: Imagine a string pulling your tailbone forward, engaging your core muscles and giving your backside a little tuck under. It’s the foundation to a perfect posture!


Three Great Exercises to Practice:

• Wall Test: Stand against a wall and flatten your lower back as much as possible. Your head touches the wall as does your mid-back and shoulders, bottom and heels. It’s a simple yet effective way to train your spine to maintain proper alignment.

Denneroll (or DIY Version): Lie on your back and let your head hang off the edge of your bed. It’s like a mini holiday for your neck muscles, perfect for unwinding after a long day.

Brugger Position: If you’re stuck at a desk all day, this one’s for you. It involves a series of seated stretches to counteract the effects of prolonged sitting. Your spine will thank you later!


Stand Tall, Walk Tall, Sit Tall and Sleep Tall:

Become aware of your posture and look at other people’s posture.  If you see someone with poor posture… stand tall, if you see someone with good… posture stand tall. Repeat it to yourself over and over as an affirmation.

So, stand tall walk, sit tall.  Do everything tall, even sleep tall! Imagine your head getting closer to the ceiling.  Imagine a piece of string coming out from the top of your head lifting you upwards.


Breathe deeply, naturally and Freely to Integrate your New Posture

Remember to breathe!  When we obtain good posture, your chest naturally opens up to allow space in your lungs, giving your diaphragm the room it needs to function correctly.

Breathing stimulates the body to work better, which is why it places such an important effect on our sense of wellbeing. Slow, relaxed breathing also helps integrate the new posture into your nervous system via neuroplasticity.

For more on proper breathing download or go to our better breathing blog


In Summary:

Good posture is a vital key to a healthier, happier spine. Chiropractic adjustments get your spine moving, and great posture helps maintain normal function.

By mastering the art of neutral spine alignment and incorporating these simple exercises into your routine, you can unlock a world of benefits – from looking taller and leaner to feeling more energetic and confident.

So, chin up, chest out, and strut your stuff with pride! Your spine will thank you for it.


Links and References:

• Download this Blog Post https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/ds83ekthlsccb4rbhr8g4/LHCC-May-2024-Posture-Blogpost.docx?rlkey=rz7q4dmgwyszm8o5ueo95tcnf&st=8def45j8&dl=0

• Denneroll Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtFdhy04uQc&t=28s

• Brugger Position:  https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/e92f0xxrmitw75njxeifg/Brugger-Position-1-page-handout.doc?rlkey=3zpdvlbnr5qqlklggm8jsdtx4&st=r0e3y067&dl=0

• Better Breathing blog https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/5oxsd0c8ebccisbrvyzgm/LHCC-Breathing-Blog-Article-for-April-2024-1-4-24.docx?rlkey=dzkptiyurs3esaeras74syjhe&st=67tdjng1&dl=0