Posture refers to the position an individual holds themselves in when standing, sitting or lying down. Good posture involves placing the least strain on the back possible.
Symptoms of poor posture
- Muscle fatigue
- Back pain
- Rounded shoulders
- Belly protruding forward when standing
- Head protruding forward or backward
- Bent knees when standing or walking
An individual may develop bad posture for many reasons, many of which are habitual. Holding poor posture on a daily basis can be done even if you are not aware of it. Good posture is not only necessary when standing, it is essential when sitting, sleeping and exercising to prevent unnecessary strain on the body. Another daily habit that is becoming increasingly prevalent in our society is the use of technology. Using phones, laptops and tablets often involves prolonged periods of sitting or looking down at a screen. These positions can place your body out of alignment, particularly if you have a poor desk setup.
Daily shoe choice is something to take into consideration. Shoes that compromise the natural arch of the foot or force the joints into unnatural positions, such as a pair of heels, also compromise the alignment of the spine.
Injuries are also a common cause of bad posture. When an injury occurs, the surrounding muscles often seize up as a protective mechanism to prevent further strain on the injured area. This creates an immediate effect on posture as the individual holds themselves in a constrained position to accommodate the muscles in spasm. When this is not resolved the individual experiences long term changes in posture and there is often pain and discomfort that accompanies this.
Stress has major effects on the body, both mentally and physically. Stress has been shown to cause over-contraction of the muscles in the body and decrease your ability to take full, deep breaths. Many of us will have felt the effects of stress in the body in similar ways. Often the tension in our shoulders, neck and back increases, all of which hinders the alignment of the spine as it tries to compensate.
Some individuals may be diagnosed with a spinal curvature disorders. There are three types of curvature disorders; scoliosis, kyphosis and lordosis, all of which greatly affect posture and cause a range of other muscular and joint issues.
It is important to monitor your own posture in different positions throughout the day and determine if you have any habits that could be contributing to poor posture. If you are able to correct these habits and there is little improvement to the associated symptoms you are experiencing it is important to consult a health professional, as there may be damage that requires professional help due to years of poor habits, or there may be another underlying cause. A health professional can provide you with a diagnosis and the appropriate treatment for your posture concerns.
The purpose of chiropractic care at Turramurra Chiropractic is help you to be able to do the thing that you love to do and to do them well. To do this it is first necessary to get a clear picture of the problem which is done by taking a thorough history and performing a comprehensive assessment. Understanding your history is critical to identifying the cause(s) and contributing factors that have led your health to where it is currently. The assessment includes a neurological, orthopaedic, motion, posture examinations amongst others. In some cases further investigation may be required. Once we have all the relevant information we will discuss your specific needs and develop a plan of action with you. There will be ample opportunity for you to discuss the proposed care and ask any questions before proceeding.