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Back guru outlines top posture myths

- June 10th, 2010

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Esther Gokhale, the author of 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back, wants to straighten out some misinformation people may have when it comes to proper posture.

Here are her Top 5 myths:

• Myth #1 – I just have to remember to straighten up: “Just straighten up” is usually accompanied by muscle tension and distortion of the spine. It quickly leads to discomfort and fatigue, causing most of us to return to slouching.

• Myth #2 – The pelvis should be tucked to protect the back: Nearly everyone from fitness instructors and dance teachers to medical professionals makes the mistake of recommending a tucked pelvis. However, this is discordant with our natural structure; anteverting (tipping) the pelvis preserves the natural shape and protects from disc damage

• Myth #3 – Chin up and chest out constitutes good posture: Not only does this create tension, it exaggerates the cervical and lumbar curves, hindering circulation to these areas and potentially pinching nerve roots

• Myth #4 – Good posture takes mental and physical effort: The body wants to heal, and good posture feels good. As you practice new movements, they will become increasingly natural to your body. You also do not need to be young, strong, flexible or physically fit to have good posture

• Myth #5 – It’s too late to change my posture: It is never too late to change your posture. The body is resilient and adaptable.

Esther Gokhale is author of 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back, in which she uses historical and scientific facts to show that most of what our culture has taught us about posture, including what most doctors recommend, is misguided and even damaging.

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