Poor posture can be the first sign of weak muscles in our body and the precursor to muscle aches and pain.
Posture is the position we habitually assume, that is, the position we place our body in without thinking about it.The most common postures that place extra force on our muscles and joints are:
* Forward head position
* Rounded shoulders
* Rounded upper back
* Increased arch in low back
Family, friends or health professionals may point some of these things out to us, but do they really matter?
Do we need to change or "fix" or posture? It depends!
Studies show that "bad" posture does not necessarily lead to pain. Which can mean a few different things:
* Just because your posture is not what is shown in a text book, does not mean it will cause pain
* For some people, certain postures will increase their pain
So how do you know if it matters to you?
A health professional such as a chiropractor is trained to ask questions about and assess your posture and movements. This analysis can help to decide if improving your posture will help to reduce your pain.
To hold ourselves in a more ideal posture we need:
* Adequate joint range of motion in our spine and limbs
* Adequate strength and endurance in the muscles that hold us up
* Workstations that encourage good posture
Here at Willoughby Chiropractic Centre we assess you presentation and make a plan specific to you. We often just need our posture to be a little better than it is to allow muscle aches and pains to resolve. We can address any restricted joints with specific gentle manipulation, advise you on how to improve workstations to suit your body, and show you exercises that only take a couple of minutes per day to improve how you hold your body.