Tucking pelvis under became the most prevalent standing posture in the modern world. What does it look like? Below are several very typical examples:
It is so common it became a norm. You may think it does not matter. Who cares how we stand? Especially when almost everybody is doing it.
Well, almost everybody is experiencing back pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, or foot pain. The list is going on and on. What tucking pelvis under has to do with it? Much more than you think.
Let’s see what happens when we stand this way (tucking pelvis under).
- The loading joints (shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles) are not stacked up along the vertical axis.
Results: structural support of the body weight is negatively affected. The joints are moved out of optimal position and misaligned. The incorrect weight distribution leads to joint compression and deterioration.
- The weight of upper body is moved from directly over the pelvis to the front of the feet.
Results: various foot issues resulting from overloading the muscles on the front of the foot. These tiny muscles should be supporting the arch of the foot but not the weight of the body.
Hip joints stop become fully weight-bearing. What does it mean? It means that the hip bone density is negatively affected. The optimal weight to keep the optimal bone density is to have your upper body weight directly above the hip joint.
- Spine is contracted and shortened.
Results: Vertebrae are experiencing compression and distortion. Tight back muscles and various musculoskeletal pain.
- Ribcage and pelvis are misplaced.
Results: internal organs are crowded, compressed, and cannot function properly. Do you have breathing problems? Pelvic Floor Dysfunction anyone?
- Muscles are either shortened and tensed or lengthened and weak.
Results: Blood and lymph flow is negatively affected. Tense or weak muscles limit the motion. Less movement – less blood circulation and less oxygen getting to the tissues. Less movement – less lymph flow. Less lymph flow – cellular waste products are not properly removed. Overall health suffers.
You still think that tucking pelvis under has nothing to do with your musculoskeletal pain?
In my next post I am going to tell you how to address this issue – stay tuned.
Be Upright. Be Happy. Live Pain Free.