Long In The Front And Short In The Back

long in the front and short in the backIt is no secret to readers of the blog that I think everyone leans back slightly, if not more so. The most typical modern posture from my perspective is a lower body that leans forward and an upper body that lean backwards.

I think that the leaning backwards occurs from the base of the rib cage to the top of the sacrum. We tend to lean backwards slightly compressing the lower spine. If I am correct in this perception it means that people that fill this profile with be shorter in the space between the pelvis and the rib cage at the back of the body and longer in this space area at the front of the body.

Short doesn’t always mean tight. Some people who are leaning habitually backwards can simply straighten up (even though it will feel like leaning forward) and the muscles, even though they have been living short, will happily move into a new alignment.

This individual would tend towards looser muscles but some folks have a seriously tight musculature. So while some people who I stand up in my image of straight can stay that way, others who tend toward tighter muscles, will get pulled backwards again within seconds.

What this means is that everyone will have a different experience when it comes to changing this relationship; easy for some, not so much for others.

But as will all things postural and perceptive you have to take a good long look (or feel) at yourself to see if this is your pattern.

Even though I think this long in the front and short in the back pattern is fairly universal, no one thinks that is their story before I bring it to their attention.

So for the next few days check in with your natural standing posture and try to become aware of the balance or lack thereof between the lower belly and the lower back.

If you start to believe me that we tend to be too long in the front and short in the back, then you need to come up with a plan to bring better balance to the space between the pelvis and the ribcage.