Good posture is essential for health, well-being and critical for an efficient, repeatable golf swing. In today’s lifestyle, many of us are ignoring the importance of our posture as we become older, more sedentary, dependent on computers, and obsessed with television. All these issues cause the body to become more flexed and weakening the structures that hold the body upright and in neutral posture. Let’s examine WHAT is good posture and HOW we can achieve and maintain good posture. We must begin with assessing our current posture by doing some simple physical assessments to establish a base line.
The first assessment is the Wall Stretch Assessment. Stand with the back of the body against a wall, the feet straight, hip width apart and heels touching the wall. This is the first assessment and imbalances will be discussed. Continue with an additional assessment against teh wall by extending the arms overhead and touching the back of the arm, wrists, hand and fingers against the wall. If these positions cannot be achieved against the wall, then these imbalances must be addressed. Examples of some of the body imbalances against the wall are:
- The back of the head not touching the wall or having to tilt the head back to touch the wall this would indicate a loss of natural curve in the neck bones or cervical spine.
- The shoulders not touching the wall is an indication.
- The hips not touching the wall is an indication.
The second assessment is the Can-Opener Assessment. Lie on the back with the legs straight and the arms extended straight out from the shoulders, bend both legs at the knees to 90 degrees at hip and knees. Rotate the legs to one side to the floor while keeping the shoulders on the floor and arms extended. If the shoulders remain on the floor with the legs rotated to one side and the other side, this assessment indicates there is restriction and loss of natural curvature in the spinal column. The amount of elevation of the opposite shoulder from the floor will indicate the severity in the natural spinal curvature.