- Most people stand and sit in ways that cost the least energy. This is easy on muscles but hard on joints.
- Optimal Posture refers to positions that are biomechanically optimal so that there is balance of stress on the joints, bones and muscles
- Attaining & maintaining Optimal Posture often requires more muscular effort in specific postural muscles than Relaxed Standing
- In the above Pictures, the Relaxed Standing position is easy to maintain but results in unbalanced stress and progresses to fatigue, discomfort, and pain if held for prolonged periods of time. The subject is not aware of how far her body position deviates from Optimal.
- In the Best Standing picture, mindfulness about body position and maintenance of postural muscle tone is required but results in less stress on joints and, as postural muscles adapt, strengthens the muscles so that the position can be maintained for prolonged periods of time with less fatigue, discomfort and pain.
- Progress not Perfection. Even though the Best Standing position is not exactly Optimal, any small progress toward the Optimal position can have significant effects on balancing stress on the body, improving function and in reducing symptoms.
- Postural Evaluation - Includes photographic analysis from front, back and both sides and can include sitting posture, if requested, and instruction in simple practices that can be performed regularly to result in improved Posture, allowing balanced stress on joints, bones, and muscles; progressing towards less fatigue, discomfort and pain symptoms.