Spinal Deviations Indicative of Bad Posture

Sometimes poor posture doesn’t just mean slouching your shoulders. In fact, there are several types of bad posture that can manifest. Since your spine is responsible for your posture, deviations in your spine can be indicative of what your bad posture habits are. Some of the more common spinal deviations are listed below. Keeping these in mind may help you correct posture, and prevent back pain issues.

Forward Hip Tilt

This is one of the more subtle spinal deviations as it is focused on the lower part of your body, rather than around your shoulders. To see if you have forward hip tilt, tilt your hips forward as far as you can, and then backward. If the natural tilt of your hip is not that different than your exaggerated forward tilt, than you may have this spinal deviation. Forward hip tilt is usually caused by sitting too much and not stretching enough. This combination of factors shrinks your hip flexors, and shrunken hip flexors can overwork your hamstrings, resulting in the forward tilt.

Forward Head

On the opposite side of your body, a forward head is exactly what it sounds like. If someone were to take a picture of you from the side, it would look as if your neck is pulling your head slightly more forward than it should be. To be more technical about it, if your earlobe is raised before the bony protrusion of your shoulder, that is another way to identify the forward head. This spinal deviation is simply a result of sitting in one place and leaning over to stare at a computer.


This one may be a little more difficult to identify and will probably require a camera. Have a picture taken of you from the side, and observe your upper back. If there is a curve at your upper back that is over 40 degrees, then you have a hunchback spinal deviation. Once again, sitting at a desk poorly (at the risk of sounding redundant: hunched) can make the muscles in your chest tighten up, causing a curve to your thoracic spine.

If you are experiencing any of these common spinal deviations, there are a number of exercises and stretches out there that help realign your spine. If you feel as if the deviation is too serious, or if it is causing you back pain, make an appointment with us at the Spine Institute in the New Jersey area. We are experts in the spinal field.