If you don’t balance, you fall down! Our bodies would fall forward without muscles pulling us back. We’re unconsciously using our muscles reflexively to balance when we sit, stand, sleep, or work.
Habits trains the body to balance differently. Plus, injury trains the body to move in ways that avoid pain. Over time, the body adapts, and even if you change habits or the pain goes away, the unbalanced patterns of motion persist.
We often believe we’re standing straight and upright because our brain is being told by our senses that we are balanced, even though actually, we’re not.
The truth of how we stand is visible in a posture picture, or a mirror.
How balanced is your posture?
What do you see?
There is no such thing as perfect posture, but there are certainly stronger and weaker postures. Any asymmetry is a sign that there’s room to improve, and might be related to recurring back or neck pain. A severely crooked posture can indicate scoliosis or longstanding spinal distortion. If you notice your posture isn’t balanced consider getting a posture check from a professional.
Strengthen your Balance
Wobbly? Touch a wall to steady yourself.