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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What is the correct way to stand?

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    Gunal Ertur

    Pilates Instructor

    I have been teaching Pilates since 2002. Pilates exercises helped me to gain mobility and flexibility with my shoulder which I had injured due to … View Profile

     Correct way to stand should be relaxed natural and ergonomic position. Keep an upright posture even in old age. To find and sustain a good posture we need to engage our abdominal muscles. Centring body correctly strengthens and lengthens and supports the torso using the postural muscles of the trunk including the abdominals. These muscles work together to protect the back and creates a neutral alignment of the le body.

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    Helen Potter


    As a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, with extensive experience and highly advanced qualifications, as well as excellent communication skills, I can help you to: Become informed … View Profile

    Correct posture?

    We are all different personalities and bodies types so there is not one correct way to stand. A general principle though is that keeping each of our joints in a neutral (not end range) position using the efficient deep core muscles softly to maintain tone will place less stress on our joints and other structures.

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    Dr Ryan Hislop


    Ryan Hislop is the Clinical Director at the Mudgee Chiropractic Health and Wellness Centre. As an experienced and evidence-based diagnostician, Ryan works largely by medical … View Profile

    The Chiropractors Association of Australia recently ran a public health initiative addressing public awareness of posture and how to stand correctly.

    You can find more information on that here.

    Idealy, your eyes, shoulders, hips, knees and feet should be level when looking from front on. From the side, your ear, shoudler, hip bone, just behind your knee cap and just infront of your ankle bone should all line up.

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    Sandra McFaul


    Do you suffer from chronic lower back pain or neck pain? Based in SYDNEY, Sandra is 1 of ONLY 15 Physiotherapists in Australia with ADVANCED … View Profile

    Some general prinicples are:
    Stand with your weight evenly balanced
    Think tall - you may want to imagine a piece of sting coming from the top you head pull you up tall. 
    Keep you head over you shoulders

    The problem is that we tend to forget - put some post-it notes around your home and work environment to remind you to check in with your posture

    “Stand Tall” - put this on the post-it note :-)

  • Located in Armadale and Doncaster, Dr Michael Black has an interest in childrens' health and pregnancy. He is passionate aout sharing the benefits of chiropractic … View Profile

    I advise clients to note their posture when walking past a shop window. Your chin should not protrude forwards, the back of your head should not be forward of a line along your shoulder blades and your tummy should not appear too rounded.

    Most people tend to stand with their pelvis tilted forward so their belt line is not horizontal viewed from the side. This is not helped by wearing high heels, having short hamstring and calves or sitting all day. Have a friend take your full length photo from the side and look at yourself.

    Stand against a wall with your head, shoulders, pelvis and heels touching the wall so this becomes a template for neutral posture. Try to record how this feels then go for a walk with this new ‘program’ etched in your mind. You can return to the wall so often to check yourself until you have relearned how to stand properly. Remember you may have originally learned how to ‘not stand properly’ so it's only a matter of time and practice to change the program.

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