Do you have a good posture?

CurlyEyesCurlyEyes Posts: 2,983Registered Users
My hair was all loose around my shoulders and I was wondering why my shoulders weren't being stabbed my curls, and then - it hit me! My posture is the suck. My shoulders hunch over so high, they hit the canopy of my hair. I have trouble sitting up straight...will this lead to back problems or something? How do I improve? GAH. :hmph:
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  • susancnwsusancnw Posts: 1,374Registered Users Curl Novice
    Just have to be conscious of it. I do for the most part (been complimented on it by a therapist) mostly because I find it more comfortable. My oldest son was slumping, but the military made him stop where I couldn't ;D, the rest of the kids do pretty good.
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  • The New BlackThe New Black Posts: 16,754Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Agreed.

    My own used to be good. Now I hunch too.
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  • ZinniaZinnia Posts: 7,339Registered Users
    Mine has gotten better in the past 6 months...sometimes I have to think about rolling my shoulders back and down...other times no thinking about it all. It is becoming more second nature to me.
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  • OperaCurlsOperaCurls Posts: 1,101Registered Users
    My voice teacher is an Andover Educator, and body mapping techniques have helped significantly with my skeletal balance. I bet you can do a web search for it. Changed my life.
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  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Mine's ok when I'm standing, but sometimes I do have the remember to put my shoulders down and back (this usually happens when I'm hacked off). Sitting down is another matter - very bad.
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  • buffiebuffie Posts: 184Registered Users
    I've always been very active. As I child, for about 8 years, I took 3 different kinds of dance lessons 3 times a week and they always talked about posture. Then I got into sports like basketball and softball. Now I run, lift weights and take MMA classes.

    You don't have to be a nut like me but some kind of physical activity is great for your posture and flexibility. You may want to consider yoga. That does wonders for your entire body. The breathing and stretching is awesome.

    Every active person I know from ball player to fighter has great posture. I think it comes from being active every day.
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  • SarcasmIsBeautySarcasmIsBeauty Posts: 5,640Registered Users
    No not really, sometimes I catch myself and fix my posture but i dont really pay much mind to it even though I should
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  • * Willow ** Willow * Posts: 496Registered Users
    Yep - my Dad was the posture Nazi.

    It's all about the core muscles! Keeping them strong and toned not only helps with posture, but with balance, reaction time (sports and otherwise), coordination and helps to protect your spine. It also helps you to keep a flat(ter) tummy.

    My eldest is recovering from a stress-fracture in her spine right now and most of her therapy involves strengthening her core. Poor kid.
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  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    I was in band and choir my whole life and good posture is so important when it comes to breathing and what have you, so I learned good posture early on.

    I'm also tall and standing up straight makes me look taller, which I love. :)
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  • RheannaRheanna Posts: 2,614Registered Users
    As I read this, I was sitting hunched over with my elbows on my thighs . Sooo, um, no. I really should work on that.
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  • CynaminbearCynaminbear Posts: 4,476Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    My dad has and grandfather had a tendency to hunch forward. My mom told me in my early thirties I was already starting to do that. I started Ttapp when I was almsot 35 and within months my mom said my posture went from hunched to straight. I still have to work on it, especially keeping my stomach in.
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  • FullOfCurlsFullOfCurls Posts: 47Registered Users
    I have horrible posture when I don't think about it. My yoga instructor taught me two simple fixes that work really well for me when I think about it. All they are is pulling my chin in a bit and then leaning back just a bit. It puts more weight on my heels than the ball of my foot. I am not sure why, but when I think to do this I feel so much better and alert. I just need to get to the point where I don't have to think about it to do it.
  • OperaCurlsOperaCurls Posts: 1,101Registered Users
    I am seeing some advice here that is a bit concerning. Improper "posture" can lead to chronic back pain, stiffness and nerve damage.

    FullOfCurls, what your yoga teacher says about "pulling in the chin a bit" is correct to a certain extent, but do you know why you are doing that? It's a way to balance your head more evenly over your spine. Most people map their spine as ending at the base of their skull, when in fact it ends up in the precise center of your skull, directly at the height of your ears. So if you were somehow able to stick your fingers straight in at your ear hole, you would be touching the tip of your spine. So by pulling in the chin, without ducking your head down, you are bringing your skull to ease of balance over your spine, and letting it guide the rest of your spine into proper balance.

    Also, feet: The leg bones (names are escaping me) connect to your foot directly in the center of your foot, not back at your heel. Think of the foot as a tripod, with the three standing points being the heel, the right ball of the foot and the left ball of the foot, with the weight being distributed out from the center of the tripod. When you lean back on your heels, the brain goes "uh-oh, I'm falling backwards!" and the muscles automatically tighten to keep you upright. So, tension from the shins and calves move up through the knees, thights, glutes, abs (all the way around, not just in front), up your back (causing the spine to be held rigidly instead of fluid and graceful), to your shoulders and your neck. Not my idea of fun.
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  • vegas_curlsvegas_curls Posts: 860Registered Users Curl Novice
    * Willow * wrote: »
    Yep - my Dad was the posture Nazi.

    :laughing3: That's funny.

    My mom was quite the stickler on posture as well, many times making my sisters and I stand and walk with books on our heads. She made it into a game however, so I always had fun with it. She'd tell me, "...height is a blessing, so be proud of it". I also had a piano teacher as a kid who was also a stickler on posture while sitting.

    So now as an adult I rarely slouch; my mom's and piano teacher's proddings have come full circle, so that good posture comes naturally standing or sitting.
  • OperaCurlsOperaCurls Posts: 1,101Registered Users
    Whem most people hear "stand up straight" they immediately think shoulders back, chest out, pelvis tucked under, knees locked. NOOOOOOOO!!!!! Talk about uncomfortable and counterproductive!

    Basics of the spine: It's structure is freaking huge and curvy to support our weight. It is smallest at the top, in your skull and at your neck. Find that little hollow behind your earlobe, right by the jaw. Now, place your thumbs in the hollow on each side and grab the rest of your fingers around the back of your neck. Everything between your hands is spine!
    The spine is biggest in the lumbar region, at about the hips. ball your hands into fists and hold them next to each other; that part of the spine is bigger around than that! and it's curved into literally the center of that part of your torso.

    The ribcage needs to be evenly balanced over this huge lumbar region to avoid back problems. Sticking out your chest literally throws the entire weight of your upper body (upper torso alone is nearly a third of your body weight) off the weight-bearing spine and onto the little muscles and tendons of your lower back. Ouch. Think of your ribs as balancing fluidly over that core lumbar support, in the middle of the body, and free up the shoulders so that your arm structure can rest easily over your ribs. This will also free up your hip joints and sacrum.

    Sorry for the rants, and I hope I didn't just confuse the hell out of everyone.
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  • sew and sewsew and sew Posts: 3,443Registered Users
    Think of your ribs as balancing fluidly over that core lumbar support, in the middle of the body, and free up the shoulders so that your arm structure can rest easily over your ribs. This will also free up your hip joints and sacrum.

    Sorry for the rants, and I hope I didn't just confuse the hell out of everyone.

    By free up, what exactly do you mean? Also I don't quite understand what it would mean for my arms to rest easily over them. My ribs have never gotten in the way of my arms :confused1: :tongue5:

    >So by pulling in the chin, without ducking your head down, you are bringing your skull to ease of balance over your spine, and letting it guide the rest of your spine into proper balance.

    I take this to mean that by that simple movement, the rest will self-correct? That would be really cool. I've always felt like the most popular advice to hold good posture has to be off a bit, because our body was probably designed to be comfortable while in good posture. If obtaining good posture=tensing up to an extent, there's got to be a better way. That said, isn't it difficult to remember to "pull in your chin"...or does it eventually become habit?
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  • StarmieStarmie Posts: 7,169Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    Mine's terrible. I started pilates about 4 years ago for it but I have to say, it's not much better than it was. I'm more aware of it and it's easier to correct these days but I'm still slouching most of the time.
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  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,408Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Yes, I slouch and I've been to a specialist as a child and one part of my back is higher than the other. The doctor just told my mom I should do certain exercises and I remember him not being very encouraging and telling her that it's not that bad and it'll only get better if I want to do the exercises. So my mom never enforced it and a learned from a free chiropractic session that my shoulders are very uneven and some tops and dresses that are very fitted tend to shift over to one side after a little while.. Anyways I'm thinking of going back to a specialist soon.
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,259Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I slouch and slump whenever I don't think about posture. I'm starting to worry I may end up all hunched over as I age. My daughter has perfect posture. I think she gets that from years of doing ballet and other dancing. I'm thinking of putting up a barre and doing a little ballet myself, just to improve my posture.

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