Standing Tall for Menopausal Women
Expert’s Name: Gail Edgell
About Menopause and Posture…
Who can remember their mother’s insistence to “Stand Up Straight?” What many menopausal women don’t realize is their mothers were right. Poor posture can lead to a number of physical set backs. One such constraint is improper air flow. Try taking a deep breath while slouched over a desk, it is impossible. Also, poor posture can lead to increased risk of injury because of improper body alignment. Finally, poor posture can steal away confidence and make it appear as if an individual is unattractive. With all the benefits of proper posture it is important to understand what constitutes good posture, but before good posture can be understood, poor posture must be discussed.
Poor Posture: A Bit More Complicated Than Slouching
Poor posture is, much to the surprise of many readers, divided into four categories. The following list contains a description of each:
- Kyphosis – a curving of the spine (hunchback) that develops in some menopausal women due to Osteoporosis. To prevent developing Kyphosis during your age of menopause you need to keep your bones strong. Make sure that you are eating foods that are rich in calcium; it does a body good.
- Lordosis – Characterized by a portion of the vertebral column that presents an inward curve; the stomach extending too far in front and the buttocks too far in the back; often times referred to as having a “saddle back”. To improve your posture be sure to focus on your core; give special attention to your ham string and your hips.
- Flatted S Curve –presented when the hips are drawn under the torso, this causes a reduction in the curve of the lower back. Correcting this posture requires stretching the hips and hamstrings, as well as increasing leg strength.
- Elevated or Rotated Hip – Occurs when one hip is elevated or rotated more to the front than the other. To solve this problem, strengthen the hips through stretching the hip flexors and promoting leg strength, particularly in the quadriceps and buttocks.
Good Posture, the Perfect Stance for a Bright Future
Now that poor posture, and corrective procedures have been discussed, proper posture can be illustrated.
Proper Posture – Standing tall, the head is balanced; the chin is not jetting out. The ears are over the shoulders. The upper back is not rounded and the shoulders are not rolled forcing the hands to face the side. Shoulders are also level; one shoulder is not higher than the other is. The chest should be raised slightly. The abdomen doesn’t protrude and there is a natural curve in the lower back. The hips are level and directly under the shoulders. The knees are relaxed with the knee caps pointing straight ahead and the feet are facing forward.
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