Post Natal Posture Correction

Chris Peil

Chris began work in the fitness industry in 2002 and has been a tutor and assessor since 2009. In 2010 Chris won a national award for his education delivery. As an athlete Chris represented England in 2002 and won an IUKL World Championships silver medal.

 

Chris has specialist expertise in exercise referral and biomechanics and is currently part way through a Sports Medicine MSc programme.

Chris started The Move Well Project in 2016 to address some of the limitations he found in the standard exercise and fitness qualifications. The project is a vehicle for his work with both individual clients and delivering education programmes to personal trainers. The concept of The Move Well Project is that quality of movement transcends ability level. Improving movement quality is beneficial for injured and infirm clients all the way through to elite athletes. Awareness of movement quality should form the basis of all our training programmes.

 

With The Move Well Project Chris has worked with Eddie Hall in his preparations for winning The World’s Strongest Man, two Britain’s Strongest Man titles and breaking a world record. Chris has also worked with a Premier League footballer and over 30 national champion or international representative athletes across numerous sports. At the other end of the spectrum the Move Well system has been used to help a 49 year old lady avoid neck surgery between it being scheduled and the pre-op assessment and rehabilitated a lady from a debilitating broken back to carrying scuba tanks again.

 

Chris does not claim to be a pre and post natal expert. His work in rehabilitation has led to work with several clients who had chronic musculoskeletal problems as a result of pregnancy, some many years after giving birth. At the PT Toolbox event on Sunday 20th May 2018 Chris will present on this subject.

Pre and Post Natal Training

 

Pre and post-natal training is a huge part of the UK fitness industry; however, the boundaries of professional practice can become blurred.

If you are working with pre or post-natal women, then one of the most apparent physical differences will be the changes in their posture as the foetus starts to develop.

As the size and weight of the foetus increases so will the adaptive stress on the spine and abdominal musculature. This can present in your clients as excessive hyper lordosis and a large anterior pelvic tilt.

Inherently this may not be a problem as the postural changes are reversible, but it may increase the risk of injuries to the area whilst pregnant, lower back pain and cause damage to the spinal ligaments and supporting tissues.

With a normal client presenting with these issues it would be a lot simpler to design a plan of action for addressing their issues, however, with pre and post-natal clients there are more areas to consider.

Some of the things you need to consider about pre/post-natal posture:

1. You will find that the shoulder girdle will be elevated and protracted which is caused by an increased convex curvature of the thoracic spine. This is a knock-on effect caused by the forward pelvic tilt.

This change in the position of the shoulder girdle weakens the muscles that retract and stabilise the shoulder girdle. This position of the shoulders will also cause the head to protract which will lead to muscular tension and restriction of movement in the neck and shoulders.

2. As mentioned at the start of this article, the increasing size and weight of the foetus will cause an exaggerated pelvic tilt which will affect the clients centre of gravity and balance. This results in an increased concave curvature of the lumbar spine as the lower back works harder to maintain upright posture.

This increase in demand will cause the lower back muscles to shorten and tighten which restricts movement and can cause pain and pressure on the spine. The abdominal muscles will also lengthen and weaken, this can have a negative knock on effect to the rest of the bodies posture and movement control.

3. Lower down the chain, the anterior pelvic tilt causes a weakening throughout the lower limbs which can lead to the femurs angling inward (valgus) of the hip & thigh bones.

When these muscles fail to activate properly the hips and lower limbs will be misaligned which then places excessive stress upon the hip, knee and ankle joints.

 

To hear more on the subject, come to London South Bank Uni on Sunday 20th May 2018 to hear Chris Peil talk about Post Natal Posture Correction.

 

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