Good posture is a good habit that contributes to the well-being of the individual. The structure and function of the body provide all the potentialities for attaining and maintaining good posture.
Conversely, bad posture is a bad habit and, unfortunately, is of rather high incidence.
The high incidence of postural faults in adults is related to the tendency toward a highly specialized or repetitive pattern of activity. If a person has poor posture this will increase the likelihood of injury. Have you seen school children walking to school (assuming their parents are not driving them in their 4 * 4’s!). Their posture is dreadful – a slouch – not helped by the current fashion of hipsters and combat trousers which encourage an unnatural position of the pelvis – hands in pockets, slight bend in the knee and pelvis forward. Just like Kevin and Perry!! This will lead to lazy gluteals (bum) and weak hip flexors if not corrected.
There are many influencing factors that determine posture – age, job, ergonomics, musculo skeletal genetic inheritance (biomechanics), exercise regime, clothing, depression, height etc.
The better your postural alignment, the better your performance. Feldenkrais** showed that the worse your posture, the more energy it takes to move the body. Ideal posture is that position in which the musculo-skeletal system functions most efficiently. Someone with good posture will recover quicker from exercise, have better alignment which translates into better balance, better agility and better sports performance, and quicker recovery.
** Feldenkrais Method is a type of exercise therapy devised by Israeli Moshé Feldenkrais (1904–1984) during the mid-20th century. The method is claimed to reorganize connections between the brain and body and so improve body movement and psychological state. His research in to the body’s posture and the way we move efficiently is unprecedented.
If a person has poor posture corrective exercises are needed to strengthen the muscles of the inner unit, and stabiliser and neutralizing muscles, all of which can effectively be trained through rebounding.
Corrective training on the unstable surface of the Rebounder engages the deep core muscles of the inner unit involuntary (otherwise you’d fall off!) and exercising on the unstable surface of the Rebounder activates a myriad of motor recruitment patterns which helps ensure the correct body position is achieved and is an effective way to train and correct postural defects.