Posture is basically the way the body mechanically aligns and positions itself in space throughout the day. The body position changes every few minutes in adaptation to various activities and stresses. The total visual posture is therefore the long-term average of the total alignment in space. Postural habits developed over the years often reflect the unconscious patterns of the mind. The posture of Fibromyalgia patients is often in a guarded position, but regular exercise and yoga can help bring the body back to proper alignment, reducing your pain and discomfort.
What Is Optimum Posture for Fibromyalgia Patients?
Optimum positioning is when the body is mechanically aligned with minimum strain on the muscles, ligaments, and joints. In this efficient position the fewest restrictions are imposed on the muscular and nervous systems, energy is not wasted to simply hold the body up increasing fibromyalgia pain. This energy can be utilized for creativity, healing and productivity. Optimum body position consists of a combination of the following: chin lock, neutral spine, sternum lift, shoulder blade retraction, joint mobility, muscle flexibility and diaphragmatic breathing.
Decreased stress and tension in the supportive skeletal muscles
Less wear and tear in the joint structures
Increased contracting/relaxing ability of the diaphragm enhancing the amount of air capacity in the lungs
More flexibility in joint movement
Reduced strain on the neck, jaw and upper back muscles
Increased amount of energy
More positive, confident self-image
Relaxed state of mind, carrying the body effortlessly
- Stand at ease, feet parallel, hip-width apart
- The heels touch the wall
- The knees are relaxed, neither bent nor hyper-extended
- The gluteals touch the wall and pelvis is neutral
- There is a light hollow space between the contact points of the neck, low back, and the wall
- The shoulder blades contact the wall
- The shoulders and hips are parallel to the ground
- The back of the head touches the wall, and the head lies directly over the trunk
- The ears align directly over the middle of the shoulders
- The eyes and chin are parallel with the ground
- A general rule of thumb for maintaining optimum body position is to maintain maximum height without feeling any strain in the muscles and joints. Think TALL, always lifting not collapsing.