Good (or neutral) posture helps us stand, walk, sit, and lie in positions that place the least amount of strain on supporting muscles and ligaments during movement and weight-bearing activities. Correct posture:
Helps keep bones and joints in correct alignment so that muscles are used correctly
Reduces the stress on the ligaments holding the spinal joints together
Allows muscles to work more efficiently, allowing the body to use less energy
Helps prevent muscle strain, overuse disorders, and even back and muscular pain
How can I tell if I have good posture while I’m standing up?
A person with good posture will have THREE natural curves in the back, with the line between your shoulders being level, not tilted. Heads should be held straight; no tilting or turning to one side! When the little bumps on your spine are in a straight line down the center of your back, you have good posture. In order to sustain good (neutral) posture, the muscles of the body must be in balance to support an aligned spine. When in a neutral posture, the body is in its strongest and most balanced state, allowing for optimal efficiency and minimal stress on the joints and the rest of the body.