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Are you a spoon or a bridge?

The shape of a woman’s side profile could be used as an indicator of neck and back problems.

That’s according to research from the British Chiropractic Association which showed the average age of onset of back pain in women is 34.

Women whose heads lean forward are most likely to currently be suffering back pain at (58%) followed by those with an arched back at (56%) whilst those with a flat back suffer the least.

Most women recognise which body shape they fit into, whether it’s hourglass, apple etc, but paying particular attention to your side profile could suggest how likely you are to suffer with back problems.

What side-shape are you?

. Spoon – flat back-rounded shoulders

. Leaning tower- head leans forward

. Bridge- arched back

. Flat-pack- flat back

The perfect posture should give you a neutral side-on appearance, with your ears, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles in line. Imagine having a plumb-line hanging from yours ears to your ankles  with everything in the middle on the same line.

A good habit when you have been sitting or standing for a long time in one position is to shrug your shoulders to your ears push the shoulders back and the let them drop and try and hold this new position as long as you can.

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