We’re Anatomy Geeks!
If you’ve been reading our Articles or watching our videos, then you may know that Justine and I are Anatomy geeks. In other words, we like to look at bodies, postures, pain and asanas from an anatomical perspective. We’re also women, and thus have been taught to sit differently than men. However, we’re learning that HOW we sit affects our joints, muscles and overall well-being.
Our Sitting Posture
When Dr. Barbara Bergin’s article came by my desk, I had an ah-ha anatomical moment! Pain in the lower extremities prompt many women to take up Yoga for relief. Interestingly, how we sit may hold the key to reversing these kinds of repetitive strain disorders!
In her article, Dr. Bergin, an orthopedic surgeon, mentions several damaging lower body conditions that can be caused by how women are sitting. For example, patellar malalignment and chondromalacia, greater trochanteric bursitis, piriformis syndrome, and gluteal tendonitis. She also refers to iliotibial band syndrome, posterior tibialis tendonitis, peroneal neuritis and plantar fasciitis. In addition, she explains why she thinks some of these conditions are caused by sitting like a lady.
Take a look at the following excerpts: