Posture


Flat Back Posture

In the "flat back"1 postural alignment, the cervical spine is slightly extended, the upper thoracic spine is in flexion, the lower thoracic straight, the lumber straight (flexed) and the pelvis is posteriorly tilted. Bibliography item kendall not found. See Muscles: Testing and Function, with Posture and Pain by Kendall, et al.

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Ideal Postural Alignment (Normal Posture)

In this postural alignment the neck is slightly extended, the upper back is in slight flexion, and the lower back is in slight extension.

What follows is a brief over-view of normal or "ideal" postural alignment. It should not be considered to encompass all the structural variations that can exist, but may still be considered normal and having not arisen from aquired postural distortions.

The slightly extended inward curve of the neck (cervical spine) and lower back (lumbar spine) is referred to as lordotic.

In this way a normal slightly arched position of the neck and lumbar in a position of lordosis.

However, this term is generally meant to mean a hyper-extended or over-arched position.


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Pterygoid Muscle and Jaw Pain

Having a forward head posture puts a lot of strain on the muscles of your neck and jaw. Having a "forward head" means that your head (and often one or both shoulders, too) are in front of your body.

Where should your head be instead? Well, when you were a toddler, it was pretty much directly over your body and that's still where it should be. Due to habits, furniture, car seats, work and life, sometimes our head moves out in front of us. That causes a lot of symptoms and TMJ pain, or pain and difficulty moving your jaw, can be one of those symptoms.

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