All posts tagged: #posture

Mommy Bum

Postural assessment is something that I perform with all of my mommy clients because it’s almost always overlooked especially with weight loss likely being everyones primary concern. I would argue that postural correction for a new mommy will even make you look a few pounds lighter and also feel much better – so pay attention! One of the most common postural imbalances I see with new mommies that are carrying their babies is the #PosteriorTilt which is a postural deviation where your pelvis is tilted backward causing your lower spine to decrease its natural extension. This causes the upper spine and shoulder girdle to round forward to maintain centre of gravity, causing our bums to appear flat and droopy along with our tummies to appear bigger than it should because we’re pushing outwards – not a good look at all! The side effects of this postural imbalance include weak #hips, weak #quadriceps, tight #hamstrings, possible #sciatica, weakened abdominal muscles, tightness in the lower back and neck, along with tight chest muscles. So why does this happen? Obviously carrying a newborn for hours on end …

Hip Flexor and Lower Back Relief

Located deep in our abdominal cavity, our hip flexors are responsible for some of our most daily functions such as lifting our knees and bending at our waist. The hip flexors are one of the most powerful muscles in our body but, over time, can also cause us much discomfort if over abused or under used. With most of us sitting at a desk for extended periods of hours for work, the hip flexors stay in shortened position and can tighten up due to being in a contracted position. Because of the antagonistic relationship to our lower back, this can also be the cause of poor posture leading to mild or severe lower back issues. If we throw in heavy exercise without adequately stretching our hip flexors out, we can cause mild to severe injury over time. One of the best ways to make sure we don’t develop any future issues in our hips and our lower back (and to also protect these muscles in the long term) is to always ensure we stretch out …