Optimum standing posture involves standing so that your ears, shoulders, hips, knees and feet are all directly above each other. You can try to achieve this posture by standing beside a mirror.
Another great way to find your optimum posture is to stand and focus on the force of gravity pulling your body downwards. Try and move your body into a position where you can feel the force of gravity pulling directly down the centre line of your body. When you achieve this, your body is in a balanced position.
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You may find that it helps to imagine your body as a series of blocks loosely placed on top of one another. Optimum standing posture is when all of these blocks are sitting safely balanced on top of each other - like a Jenga tower! Learn to stand with good posture can significantly reduce the likelihood of experiencing back pain.
Good posture ensures that bones and joints are correctly aligned so that muscles are working harmoniously. Poor posture can lead to stress being placed on the ligaments of the spine and damage to the surfaces of the vertebrae. Poor posture can also lead to disharmonious muscle activity, i.e., some muscles will be working too hard whilst others are being lazy! Back pain can be very complicated and those experiencing it should seek advice from a qualified professional (e.g. Doctor or physiotherapist), however, ensuring that you have good standing posture is a very positive thing to do.