Alignment is a buzz word that you will hear a lot in fitness and rehab. But why?
Alignment and posture are basically step 1 in everything we do weather it is pursuing fitness or rehabbing an injuring or living an active healthful life.
If your body is out of alignment and your posture sucks it wont be functioning well and you wont be feeling as good as you can, your body wont heal and recover effectively, you will be prone to injury or re-injury and your nervous system may even be suboptimal. Your body adapts and compensates over time for poor alignment and posture but those compensations and adaptations can lead to problems.
Step 1 in achieving optimal alignment and posture would be to have an assessment with a Chiropractor and a series of adjustments (as needed) to make sure your spine and nervous system are aligned. Once you have that in place we can work on posture and alignment for your regular daily activities and for your workouts.
Step 2 Assess your seated and standing posture. If you have optimal posture than your body functions better so your joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons are working or able to work as they should.
Here you can see a picture of me demonstrating poor and ideal standing postures. When you are aligned and in good posture your core can and will be able to engage as needed, you can breath into your lungs the way you are supposed to be breathing. You can hold, lift, pick up and carry things (like heavy babies and toddlers and car seats and diaper bags and dumbbells) as needed more effectively and without getting injured every time. You can see how pouchy my stomach is in the poor picture and how flat it is in the ideal picture, that difference in the core engagement and muscle tone is caused in large part by my posture and alignment.
-weight in the heels or back half of the foot (not on the balls of your feet)
-tail bone up (don't tuck your pelvis)
-neutral rib cage (headlights pointed forward not up or down as in the 'poor' pic )
-shoulder blades should not be behind SI joint or tail bone as they are in 'poor' pic
-head should be over shoulders so chin is not reaching forward
If you have any questions please send me an email and we can get chatting about your health and wellness today!