When it comes to posture we don’t always factor in the influences of our right handed world.
We’re Biased To The Right
Our bodies are naturally already biased to the right side. Meaning, we are not symmetrical to begin with. The liver is on the right side of the body and the right lung has 3 lobes while the left has two. So, there is already a slight pull or bias to the right. But, then you factor in things like the mouse of your computer which is usually placed to the right, door handles, the traffic pattern through a store. All these things can factor in and have an overall effect on our posture. Then add in things like sports such as tennis or baseball and you tend to bias even further to right with these activities.
So, then we tend to stand around with more weight on our right leg. I see this all the time in my practice and it causes everything from knee pain, hip pain to low back pain and more. The pelvis will shift and the left side of the core becomes weakened.
Offsetting The Tendency
They discuss at the Postural restoration Institute (PRI) how we have 3 tethers that help us offset these tendencies to pull us onto our right side. Namely, our left molars, the left obliques/abdominals and our left hamstring. Loose any of these and we have a tendency to succumb to these internal and external forces in a way that causes pain and dysfunction.
I always say, “the key to healing is awareness”. May this information help you grow in your understanding about your body and the forces acting upon it.