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What does perfect posture look like?

Normal Posture

  • Perfect standing posture is when the following are properly aligned: the points between your eyes, chin, collarbone, breastbone, pubic area and midpoint between your ankles;
  • From the side, you can easily see the three natural curves in your back;
  • From the front, your shoulders, hips and knees are of equal height;
  • Your head is held straight, not tilted or turned to one side;
  • From the back, the little bumps on your spine should be in a straight line down the center of your back.
  • Obviously, no one spends all day in this position. But, if you naturally assume a relaxed standing posture, you will carry yourself in a more balanced position and with less stress during your activities.

Poor Posture

            When you have poor posture, the body’s proper vertical position is out of alignment and the back’s natural curves become distorted.

Head Forward or Slouched Posture:

  • rounded shoulders
  • head forward, rounded upper back
  • arched lower back
  • protruding buttocks
  • chest flattens
  • abdominal organs sag, crowding and making more work for heart and lungs
  • seen often in women who have osteoporosis in later years

Military posture:

  • head pulled back
  • shoulder blades slightly pulled back
  • arched lower back
  • knees locked (straight)
  • minimizes the spinal column’s ability to be a shock absorber for the body

Slumped sitting posture:

  • upper back humped or too rounded
  • head forward
  • rounded lower back
  • often starts in teenage years