FF800: Handler Core Strength, Posture, and Finding Neutral

Instructor: Karen Kay

Course Details

FF800     Handler Core Strength, Posture, and Finding Neutral

Is your posture affecting your dog’s performance in the ring?


Are you suffering from neck and or low back pain while working with your dog?


Do activities of daily living cause you neck and or lower back pain?

I am a Certified Posture Specialist (CPS) through the National Posture Institute (NPI). This certification program prepares medical and fitness professionals to assess and educate their clients/patients in all areas of posture and body alignment.

This program is taught in five modules. The modules will describe, demonstrate, teach and analyze exercise movements and posture in an easy to follow sequential order. I will teach you how to implement the NPI Posture Assessment Program into your current health and exercise program. You will learn to construct your own posture and body alignment grid. This grid will help both you and I in evaluating the anatomical structures of both your spine and extremities.

Furthermore, I will review how poor posture and body alignment develop, and how this condition can increase the chances of postural dysfunction, back pain, and risk of injury. My teaching methods will address correcting alignment, reversing movement patterns, improving posture, relieving neck and lower back pain and in training you through cognitive methods via the NPI’s Four Points of Posture Program and specific exercise movements.

Some of the most prevalent postural deviations include “Forward Head Position” (FHP), “Rounded Shoulders,” “Muscular Imbalances,” “Anterior Pelvic Tilt,” “Hump Back/Kyphosis”, “Lower Back Pain,” and “Knee Pain.”

Fitness, health and medical professionals must continue to pay attention to the exercise programs and modalities their clients/patients are engaging in. We must pay attention to the client’s/patient’s place of work, activities of daily living (ADLs), exercise programs, postural deviations and the possibility of developing injuries when administrating assessments and exercise programs.

I will address how several components in your life can be affecting your posture.

  • Are you accountable for your own posture?

  • How should posture be included in your exercise plan?

  • How do your nutritional habits affect your posture?

  • Is your footwear affecting your posture?

  • How does your workplace affect your posture?

  • Is a lack of flexibility or mobility affecting your posture?

  • What does your stress level do to your posture?

  • Do you have osteoporosis that is affecting your posture?

  • Is there another medical problem, such as degenerative disc disease (DDD) contributing to your posture?

  • Do you have a small dog contributing you your bad posture in the performance ring (from bending and flexing)?

  • Do you have a large dog affecting your posture because you are shorter in stature and have to reach up to eye level or above regularly?

As you can see from this list, there are numerous contributors to both our static posture (stationary) and to our dynamic posture (moving). We will examine which of these affects you personally and how to change them so that you can enjoy playing with your dog without discomfort, pain, or feeling like you are limiting your results in the performance ring with poor handler posture!