5 POINTS for correcting posture
1. LUMBAR EXTENSION
Lumbar extension is a very common association made when attempting to introduce neutral spine dynamics, especially when integrating the thoracic musculature. In order to get a true activation of the thoracic region, the vertebrae must stack upon one another. If the lumbar region extends, it will take the base of support the thoracic needs to work off of. A sign of this compensation being present will show space between the swell of the back and the wall.
DYSFUNCTIONAL TENSION The lumbar spine, as we will find throughout this, is a region that is highly compensatory for nearly all movements when standing on two feet.
2. SCAPULAR ELEVATION
Because the thoracic region has not been working optimally, the musculature of the cervical region will now show its dysfunctional associations. It is important to note that the body is attempting to revert back to using its old factory systems and does not currently understand the context of what muscular functionality is. The elevation of the scapulae is another example of this phenomenon.
3. THORACIC ROUNDING FLEXION
When poor muscular associations are repeatedly made between the thoracic region and the intrinsic core stabilization systems, attempts to implement thoracic function with a neutral spine will usually lead to forward flexion.
4. UPPER ABDOMINAL ASSOCIATION
Since the intrinsic core stabilizers acting deep in the spine have not been in proper function, the rectus abdominis will take over in a dysfunctional manner. In this specific situation, the upper abdominals will react by flexing the thoracic as the lower abdominals posteriorly tilt the pelvis.
5. THORACIC RESTRICTION
The muscles highlighted in this are the culprits directly responsible for the dysfunction of thoracic flexion. The upper abdominals are some of the most dysfunctionally ingrained muscle structures in a deficient posture.