Hyper erect Posture
What's happening to my posture?
On the surface the Hyper Erect posture comes across as a close approximation with our ‘ideal posture’, but on closer inspection there is visible deviation away. In some cases, when the act of ‘effort-ing’ t keep up the posture is removed, another pattern may appear to contradict the first. Try the ‘slouch test’ to see if this occurs. The head and neck often display within a normal range, however with shoulders squeezing along the middle back to create this sense of 'normal' posture. The ribs accordingly push out and inflate with the lower back increasing its lumbar curve (lordosis). The pelvis also shows an excessive anterior tilt (tipping forward) – possibly affecting the degree to which the lower back is curving forward.
Head is in a neutral position.
Neck maintains regular curve.
Shoulders shoulder blades (Scapula) attempting to come together towards the spine.
Chest and Rib Cage pushed out and upwards.
Upper Back Normal position, with possible flattening (straight back).
Lower Back Excessive curve on lower back (lumbar lordosis).
Pelvis tilting forward (Anterior Tilt).
Muscle Shortness - What's overworking?
Lower back muscles
Deep abdominal - Iliopsoas
Quadriceps – muscles on the front of the thigh
Muscle weakness - What's too long?
Hamstrings – back of thigh
hyper erect posture Considerations:
Maintaining this posture requires considerable effort and muscle expenditure to stay upright.
Most restriction can be found attaching directly to the pelvis. To affect change in this pattern it will be necessary to treat the restrictions, weaknesses, and positioning of the pelvis.
Remember, as always, consult with a qualified professional whenever your feel that your health and wellbeing is affected by poor posture patterns.
Here are some of the other common posture patterns: