Okay, we can not put labels on people.
After all, we are all different and move differently. But the truth is that people mainly move in 3 directions, which are the following:
I will not make it too technical but the planes mean the following:
Sagittal (Blue): Move forward / backward, bend forward to pick up something
Frontal (Red): Sideways movements, such as when we raise our hands to wave to someone
Transverse (Green): Rotatory movements, such as when we reach to open a door.
The vast majority of our movements take place in the so-called Sagittal plane. Or often, actually to be more precise …
… the vast majority of our non-movements.
Fact: A bad posture places 40% more pressure on the spinal column
When we move much in the same directions, the body adjusts to it. In practice, we see that this often results in 2 different archetypes: extension type and flexion type.
As you can see in the picture, there are a number of things that belong to these types.
Not everybody has all the features, but they often influence each-other . As a result, they are often seen together. The more features you have, the more you belong to this pattern.
The features or this type are:
-An enlarged arch in the lower back
-“Flaring out” the rib cage
-The pelvis tilts forward (“Water spills out on the front”)
-The knees are fully extended
Extension types often come with compression problems, or complaints related to pressure when joint surfaces are close to each other. -and thereby imposing excessive pressure on the connective tissue.
The Flexion type has the following characteristics:
-The shoulders often “roll” forward
-The head is on the front and the neck is extended
-Upper back is rounded
-Lower back is flattened, or even rounded
– There is “no ass!”
– Knees are bent
The Flexion types are often the people with an office job. Working behind a desk easily pulls your body to this archetype . Mostly if you are not aware of your posture while sitting. This habit is then taken to the car and home where the “working posture” is continued to the “couch posture”.
This often passive posture can adversely affect the connective issue that hold the vertebra together. The inter-vertebral discs may also suffer greatly. Because there is little active support of the muscles, almost all of the strength ends up directly to the so-called “passive structures” such as the joints, ligaments and cartilage.
Herniated discs and instability problems are often seen complaints in this pattern.
Which back type do you have?
Which pattern is most like you? Once you know this, you can start balancing your posture through targeted exercises.
Under this article, please let me know what kind of type you are and what complaints you may experience!
I’ll be able to help you out from there on.