We all have our little 'strategies' to cope and respond with the loads and stresses we put on our body all day, no matter how small. Some us may have gorgeously balanced posture as we go about our day, but not many of us can boast this.
😮 Do you hold your belly in tight to flatten your tummy?
😮 Do you notice that your lower belly seems to protrude even though you are holding your belly on?
😮 Do you feel your upper abs working harder than the lower abs?
😮 Do you find it hard to take a comfortable deep breath?
😮 Are you a new mother, having just been trough pregnancy and labour?
😮 Do you suffer from urinary incontinence, or chronic pelvic pain such as endometriosis, or painful bowel conditions?
Constant chest gripping can create stiffness in your rib cage, preventing a good deep breathing pattern, a weak diaphragm, and breathing that is more chest and neck driven. This creates upper back stiffness when you twist or move, and can contribute to pressure on the bladder and incontinence.
Does this posture sound like you? Simple deep breathing practice may allow for you to start to feel freer in the ribs and belly. Keep your belly soft throughout this practice and visit a physio to learn how to correctly engage your 'core + pelvic floor'. Holding in your belly and chest gripping is not the way!
Did you know that there are also other common posture cheats? Butt gripping and back gripping are other posture strategies considered not to be ideal and the cause of aches, pains and tension in the body. Intrigued? Read our other posts to see if fall into any of these postures.
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