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Posture is how a body balances. If a body doesn’t balance, it falls down. Posture is more than muscles and bones. The spine, devoid of any muscles is an extremely unstable structure. Muscles and their complex neuromuscular control is necessaryto provide stability to a trunk in a given posture, they also function to create movement during activity. The motor and the nervous system function as one entity. Therefore posture analysis is an assessment of the function of the motor system (bones, ligaments, and muscles) and the nervous system’s control of the motor system.
Postural observations are organic; that is, they deal with the whole organism. People come in different shapes and sizes and live unique lives, and their postures differ accordingly. An individual learns during childhood to balance the body’s unique architecture. The child’s habits affect his or her posture. Good habits can create a strong and stable posture. Bad habits can train the body for poor posture and instability.
Excessive sitting, carrying a heavy backpack, slumping, or poor sleeping positions train the body to a forward-folded posture. Habitual one sided activities, such as carrying a heavy purse, sitting on a wallet, or facing sideways to view a poorly placed computer monitor train the body to be asymmetrical from left to right.
Poor posture creates adaptive patterns of body motion. Poor posture and body motion stress the musculoskeletal system, resulting in premature joint wear and susceptibility to injury. Posture and body motion are like a fold in a piece of paper. Once folded, the paper will bend along the fold when it is stressed. Similarly once posture and body motion change to compensate for poor habits or injury, the body continues to assume the same uneven resting posture and follows the same adaptive pattern of motion. Biomechanically speaking, this adaptive posture or motion is almost always inefficient. Clinically, a postural change can begin a cascade of compensating cause and effects.