Is the posture of your back correct?

It had been 5 hours and she hadn’t moved. Her eyes stared blankly, as her head hung forward. Her body was bent over, while her arms hung away from her body, unsupported. Before you are scared away from reading further, don’t worry, this isn’t a crime scene description. But this is the imagery of someone working for hours in front of a computer screen. Don’t you relate? How many times have you noticed the posture of your back while you are sitting for hours working on your laptops and phones?

Awareness of your body is one of the most important principles of Pilates. Most importantly, knowing the correct posture of the spine is essential. The spine is the anchor which holds our head on our shoulders and joins the limbs to the torso. It is divided into 4 parts: cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral. When looked at from the side, in the neutral position, the spine has two sets of curves. The thoracic and sacral curves are genetically pre-determined and the primary curves which form in the womb. These two parts of the spine form a C- curve, the convex side of which is to the back. Postnatally, the secondary curves of the Cervical and Lumbar spine are formed as the child learns to hold up its head and to walk respectively. The concave side of these curves is towards the back. So basically, the human spine forms a double S from the neck to the tail bone.

Most sedentary postures which are occupation-related alter the ergonomics of the spine. Being in any posture for prolonged hours causes stress to the muscles, leading to imbalance and later, pain. Whether, we are standing, sitting, or moving, we need to maintain a neutral spine. If you have a good posture and proper alignment, it reduces the risk of injury.

Here is a video on alignment and how to correct your posture:

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