On Tuesday 21st & Saturday 25th April, Paramount Fitness Director, Lee Cooper, hosted two Posture Correction & Injury Rehab Workshops down at the Nottingham Studio.
Those who have either been coached by Lee or have attended any of his previous workshops will know that he is very informative and makes it his number one priority to get the key learning objectives across. This workshop had a mixture of practical exercises, white-board theory and demonstration, to accelerate the learning of those in attendance.
The session was delivered in a logical sequence:
– Brief overview of Human Anatomy & Biomechanics.
– Overview of Lower Body Postures, Spinal Health & Upper Body Postures
– Explanation of human equilibrium & length/tension relationships.
– Explanation & Understanding of individual muscle roles & responsibilities
– Identifying possible Weak / Long vs Tight / Short, Over-Active vs Under-Active Muscle Groups.
– Individual Assessments of Static Postures.
– Individual Assessments of Dynamic Postures.
– Overhead Squat Analysis
As you can see from the workshop criteria above, it was a very insightful session with those who attended leaving with a whole new outlook of posture, body alignment, movement patterns & self-awareness.
Postural abnormalities can be caused by inactivity, prolonged positioning such as seated or working positions, injuries & your bodies protective mechanisms to move away from pain / compensate and incorrect training / movement patterns.
For example, individual who are in seated position for extended periods of time, may experience tightening of the Hip Flexors, Abdominals and Hamstrings at the Knee Joint. Whilst the Glutes, Hamstrings at the Hip Joint and Lower Back muscles become lengthened.
The above scenario, specific to the lower body & spinal health, can result in lower back pain, a posterior pelvic tilt when seated and a anterior pelvic tilt when standing.
There may also be postural changes which occur in the Upper Body as a result of this shift in the Lower Body.
Looking at the same example as above, if an individual is seated for extended periods, overlooking a laptop and doesn't have their ergonomics set up correctly, you may see a change in their upper body posture.
Rounded Shoulders & Anterior Head Carriage will no doubt be a result of the poor posture for those crouched over a desk, steering wheel or object in front of them for long hours.
However, in some cases postural abnormalities can be from birth which are hard to correct, if at all.
Those who attended the workshop(s) have identified the area's which require attention and as a result of the workshops have become more aware of their body positioning & movement patterns. They may need to strengthen particular muscles, stretch and relax others whilst working on daily habitual routines which may have caused the postural imbalance in the first place.
If you'd like to assess your posture or enquire about a consultation, feel free to get in touch.
“With a better understanding, there is a higher chance of application and therefore a greater possibility of a new habit being installed”.
If you would like further information on our future workshops, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.