The Six Components of Posture

The anatomy of the spine, combined with the pathological associations of structurally unstable postures beg the question of how should one sit to attain a structurally stable alignment, move in safe ranges and patterns, and still be able to provide sound dental care.

Table 1. 6 Components of Posture.

  1. Base of Support
  2. The Pelvis
  3. The Lumbar Spine
  4. Trunk
  5. Shoulders
  6. Head and Neck

The six components of posture in video format intend to provide grounds to recognize structurally stable positioning, the boundaries that define safe working conditions that minimize stress to pain-sensitive tissue, and movement strategies that will enhance visualization during compromised positioning.

We acknowledge the impossibility to work within this framework 100% of the time. But knowing how to align yourself and move in safe ranges and patterns of motion should provide basic framework to return to when practice necessitates moving outside the recommended protective ranges and positions. Please review the 6 short video clips on stable and protective positioning and movement strategies (beginning with Video 1, Component 1 Base of Support through Video 6, Component 6 Head & Neck).