Although of us would recognise which category we fall into when it comes to the more traditional body shapes, knowing about your side-shapes is important too. If you're not sure why you're suffering from a stiff neck or sore back, it might be worth taking a look at your side profile in a mirror.
According to the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) women whose heads lean forward are most likely to be currently suffering from back or neck pain (58 per cent), followed by those with an arched back (56 per cent). Women whose heads lean forward are also the most likely to suffer from back or neck pain 'every day' (29 per cent). Those with a flat back were the least likely to have experienced pain, with 21 per cent having remained pain-free.
Which one are you?
With just over 25 per cent of women saying that a bout of back or neck pain can last for one to three days at a time, it is important to pinpoint what can be done to prevent it. Fortunately, making changes to your posture doesn’t call for extreme dieting or exercise programmes.
"The perfect posture should give you a neutral side-on appearance, with your ears, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles in line," says chiropractor Tim Hutchful.
"People who want to improve their back and neck pain symptoms through a better posture should try imagining they have a plumb line hanging straight from their ears to ankles - with everything in the middle sitting on the same line.
"One way to do this is to try standing in a relaxed way and then gently contracting the abdominal muscles. When sitting, the gravity line should pass thorough ear, shoulder and hip."
For more information on how to maintain a healthy posture and avoid triggering neck and back pain, visit the BCA website. The BCA has also developed a programme of simple stretches and exercises, designed to improve posture and help prevent back pain by promoting balance, strength and flexibility in the spine.
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