Many factors can contribute to poor posture and add stress to the body.
Some of these factors may feel unavoidable such as work, driving, cleaning and even family factors such as carrying young children and breastfeeding.
From my experience poor posture is one of the main underlying causes of pain and dysfunction of adults. Bad posture is usually developed over a long period of time and certainly isn’t something that happens over night.
Poor posture develops when certain muscle groups become short, tight and start to stiffen up. This restricts normal range of motion and strains other muscle groups that wouldn’t usually be strained.
With todays increasing use of computers and technology the most common type of posture that presents is an “Upper Crossed” posture. This is distinctive of forward, slouching and rounded shoulders and is usually accompanied by a protruding chin and neck.
People who adapt this kind of posture may be affected by working at a computer for many hours a day and this will certainly exacerbate their symptoms. Generally people with this type of posture will have a series of muscle tightness and strength imbalances in their upper body.
However, all is not lost and there are definitely ways to help improve your posture, pain and overall quality of life.
In order for one to change their posture this means changing their habits. Firstly, you need to address the tight muscles that are restricting normal range of motion this can be done through remedial massage techniques and some prescribed stretching from your therapist.
Remedial massage is crucial in the initial stages to help to retrain the tight and short muscles and allow the body to be realigned.
Once the muscles have been realigned, specific stretching and strengthening programs will be advised to be performed at home/work to help relieve your symptoms.
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