Today I am going to talk about different posture types. Note, this is not body shapes i.e. apple or pear, it is about how you stand and your body alignment. Understanding yours will give you a far better understanding of what exercises will work best for you and when you should take an option.
This is a hollow back posture where the lower back has an excessive lower curve, the abdominals protrude forward and the pelvis tilts forward.
Correction is gained by strengthening the abdominals and gluteals (bottom) and stabilising the lower back.
This is the slouched posture. The pelvis remains level, but the hip joint is pushed forward and extended. The lower back is in a deeper, shorter curve with this region being flatter. Abdominals remain relatively unchanged.
Swayback is common in adolescents but is not associated with muscle tightening or weakening, it is difficult to correct.
The emphasis is on postural awareness and re-education.
This posture’s main problem is a lack of mobility in the lumbar (lower) spine and the flattening of the lordosis.
The flatback posture is common amongst those who practice a large number of sit ups. In this case, the lumbar spine maybe mobile, but the rectus abdominus is strong and tight and is becoming the most dominant member of the abdominal muscle group.
Flatback correction is gained by increasing mobility in the lumbar spine.
The classic round shoulder posture with an excessive upper back curve. Tightness in the pectoralis (chest muscles), pulls the scapula (shoulder blades) forward and lengthening the lower trapezius (traps). Often the chin protrudes forward.
Correction of the kyphotic posture depends on the flexibility of the thoracic spine.
Scoliotic Posture (scoliosis)
This is a condition that is represented by an abnormal C shape of the spine