Posture is something that most of us have a problem with – our lifestyles see to that, which is why the ever increasing popularity of yoga, Pilates and wellness in general is such a wonderful thing.
However, it’s not just the exercise we do, but how we do it that makes a difference – being smart about your training and wellbeing support. Haylley Pittam is a personal trainer with special knowledge about posture, particularly when it comes to supporting women through pregnancy and postnatal recovery, but between desk jobs and our natural inclination towards a good old slouch however, you don’t need to be a mum or expectant mum to check your alignment.
Here’s what you need to know…
The most common back pain is in the lower back, although Haylley says you will get people who say they have aches and pains in their shoulders as well due to a typical desk posture or another bad habitual posture which can lead to both lower and upper back pain, and weakness in the muscles.
Statistics show that around 60% of pregnant women suffer with lower back pain, which can continue after pregnancy if not addressed after the baby arrives. It’s easy to see why pain occurs, during pregnancy your posture changes, and then again during breastfeeding – typically you go from a position where the hips are forward and pelvis is open to bringing the upper back forwards and rounding the shoulders. In addition, postnatal strains include the way you hold your baby, which as it grows is often on the hips, kicking the hip out.
It’s not just pregnant women who have these issues though, anyone doing regular lifting – such as heavy boxes, holding heavy folders or a backpack on one shoulder repeatedly for a number of years, means that you can strengthen muscles in the wrong way or in an imbalanced way and the body has to compensate for an issue that keeps kicking in. The same can happy with repetitive sports – golf for example, where the player uses one side of the body continuously, unless you do exercises to balance it out.
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