Why do we have poor posture?

Does this posture look familiar?

Drs. Feitis and Schultz authored “The Endless Web” which discusses dysfunctions beginning in the womb. During this time, the flexors of the hips, shoulders, elbow and spine are in a shortened position for 9 months. This is also called the anterior fascial line by Thomas Myers in his book, “Anatomy Trains”.

During the past, people did manual labor. During paleolithic times, people did manual labor such as squatting instead of sitting, climbing trees to retrieve food and lifting animals that were killed on hunts. In more recent times, they cut and lifted wood or hay. These activities would strengthen the posterior kinetic chain to offset the shortening of the flexors.

Modern society’s problem is the amount of computer work done. Many people sit for a minimum of 8 hours a day while at work and go home to their personal computer for more hours. The position in which most sit at a computer feeds into the long held dysfunctions that originated in the womb. A smaller screen causes movement closer to it.

Doing little to offset these shortenings is detrimental to our overall health and longevity. Numerous research studies link prolonged sitting with increases in morbidities.

Treatment guidelines should work on restoring length to the flexors. As soft tissue length improves, joint restrictions can be addressed to restore normal joint mobility. Also, treatment should focus on strengthening the extensors. Adjunctive treatments may include instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization and Fascial Movement Taping (FMT).