When I was a young girl, my grandma put a book on my head and asked me to walk across the room without dropping it. After two steps, the book tumbled to the floor. “Watch me,” grandma said. I was surprised to see her walk the length of the room and back with the book steady on her head. She showed me how good posture can help demonstrate confidence and poise.
I didn’t realize until recently that good posture might also help prevent LBL. When you sit or stand for awhile with rounded shoulders and your pelvis tipped forward, your system has to adjust to that posture. Could it be that rounding your posture puts a strain on your pelvic area as well? Some experts believe that misaligned posture and sedentary lifestyles contribute to issues like LBL. Is it true? I’m not a medical professional, but it makes sense to consider the possibility. Christine Kent, RN, author of Saving the Whole Woman, Natural Alternatives to Surgery for Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Urinary Incontinence says, “While posture may seem like a minor contributor to LBL, the ways in which we sit, stand and move, while breathing under the forces of gravity, actually create and maintain the female pelvic organ support system. Outside of pelvic surgeries (including episiotomy), which can damage nerve and support structures of the pelvic interior, or high-impact activities such as gymnastics and horseback riding, LBL is a direct result of alterations in the shape of that system.
The differences between the “good posture” we were taught as children and natural female posture, which aligns the pelvic organ support system, may surprise you.” Christine surprised me by saying, “Natural female posture does not pull the stomach in, which is a very tough sell to women, but is, in fact, a beautiful, natural look once you get the hang of it.” How would you rate your posture on a scale from one to ten? I’d give myself a high rating, except for that I spend far too much time slumped over my laptop. Perhaps your job requires long hours leaning over paperwork. Or you find yourself carrying a child in one arm, a diaper bag slung over your shoulder, as your other arm strains to hold onto your purse and the groceries! What can you do differently to help improve your posture today?
Here’s a tip: Pull your string. What do I mean? Years ago a photographer was taking my family’s photo. Before snapping the first picture she said, “I’d like you all to imagine you have a string that starts where you’re sitting, and goes all the way up through the top of your head. I want you to pull your string straight up.” All of a sudden my whole family’s posture snapped into alignment. From that point on, whenever any of us notice poor posture, we say, “Pull your string!” Imagine if we all had a “pull your string” sign taped onto our computers and on the dashboard of our cars. It might just improve LBL!
What about you? Have you heard of the link between posture and LBL? If so, please comment below.