Hyper Erect Posture: what's happening to my posture?

On the surface, Hyper Erect Posture can come across as a close approximation with our ‘ideal posture’. However, there is a visible deviation away from this sense of ease of posture on closer inspection.

In some cases, when the act of ‘effort-ing to keep up the posture is removed, another pattern may appear to contradict the first. Try the ‘slouch test’ to see if this occurs.

However, the head and neck often display within a normal range, with shoulders squeezing along the middle back to create this sense of ‘normal’ posture. The ribs accordingly push out and inflate with the lower back increasing its lumbar curve (lordosis). The pelvis also shows an excessive anterior pelvic tilt (tipping forward), possibly affecting the lower back’s degree of curving forward.

What are some characteristics that may appear with Hyper Erect Posture? Your,

  • Head is in a neutral position.
  • Neck maintains a normal curve of the cervical spine.
  • Shoulders shoulder blades (Scapula) attempting to come together towards the spine.
  • Chest and Rib Cage pushed out and upwards.
  • Upper Back Normal position, with possible flattening (straight thoracic spine).
  • Lower Back Excessive curve on the lower back (lumbar lordosis).
  • Pelvis tilting forward (Anterior Pelvic Tilt).
  • Knees appear locked.

Which muscles may be short or tight, influencing your posture? What's overworking?​

  • Lower back muscles
  • Deep abdominal – Iliopsoas
  • Quadriceps – muscles on the front of the thigh

Which muscles may be weak?​

  • Abdominal muscles
  • Hamstrings – back of thigh

What are some considerations for Hyper Erect Posture

Maintaining the Hyper Erect Posture requires considerable effort and muscle expenditure to stay upright.

Most restrictions can be found attaching directly to the pelvis. To assist someone impacted by Hyper Erect Posture, you will need to treat the pelvis’s limitations, weaknesses, and positioning.

As always, consult with a qualified professional whenever you feel that your health and well-being are affected by poor posture patterns.

References

Kendall, F.P., McCreary, E.K., & Provanc, P.G. (1993). Muscles, testing and function (4th ed). Baltimore, MD: Williams & Wilkins.
COMMON POSTURE PATTERNS