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2013-05-10
Know your posture type


Lordotic Posture Type

This posture type is seen in pregnant women and men with big bellies.  The abdominal muscles are lengthened and the lower back is tight, which places excessive stress on the lumbar discs.    If you have this posture type you will have weak gluteals, overactive hamstrings, short hip flexors and weak abdominals.  Mobility and strengthening exercises will help considerably to correct these problems. 

Kyphotic Posture Type

This is a posture with rounded shoulders and is usually seen in those with sedentary jobs such as office workers and reps.  Sitting causes major postural imbalances in the spinal and affects the length, strength and stamina in certain muscles.  This posture type is characterized by short or tight chest muscles, lengthened trapezius muscles in the upper and lower fibres, weak abdominals and gluteals and tension in the neck and shoulders.  Strengthening and stretching will greatly improve this posture type.

Sway Back Posture Type

This posture type is often known as the lazy posture type.  It is commonly adopted by teenagers and those who stoop because they are conscious of their height.  Problems associated with this type of posture are lengthened hip flexors, tight hamstrings, lengthened abdominal or oblique muscles and a head slant.  Exercise can greatly improve your posture.

Flat Back Posture Type

This posture type is just as it suggests, the back is flat, having lost the lordotic curve (the curve in your lower back).  Due to this stiffness, mobility exercises need to be taken slowly and gently to encourage the spine to move and to regain its natural curve.  With this type of posture the gluteals and abdominal muscles need to be strengthened, mobility needs to be improved and the lordotic curve needs to be improved.

Having an incorrect posture can lead to pain, stiffness and injury.  Biokineticists use exercise to improve a persons posture. 

 

 


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