At eleven years old the school nurse noticed an increased S-shape of my spine.  The ideal posture should be mostly J-shaped and it should be effortless and natural.

This is quite common in early puberty during growth of the spinal column.  The normal human spine contains natural thoracic and lumbar curves, which serves to absorb mechanical stress and help distribute weight.  However, serious arching has been known to result in health problems called “Kyphosis” and “Lordosis” posture.  The Kyphosis posture, with the rounded back as well as forward position of head and shoulders, is more frequent in today’s society caused by more time hunched in front of a computer.  Lordosis, with the pelvis is tilted forward creating an excessive curve in the low back, shifts your posture so that your stomach pushes outward and the weight of your body creates back pain. 

After the first year of entering my fulltime career as a lecturer I got concerned about my bad posture and decided to see a Naprapath for consultation.  He told me that if you sit for too long in a bad position or continually stand with bad posture, certain muscles will become tight which really means they will become shorter resulting in imbalances.  The solution is to stretch tight muscles and strengthening weak muscles to support the spinal – known as “Core Strength”.  Restoring muscle balance will allow you to naturally tilt back of the pelvis, lifting of the ribcage and allowing the shoulders to sit down and back.

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