Posture - How To Fix It
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
These extra forces lead to overload and strain which may not show immediately, but over months or years can manifest aches and pain in our musculoskeletal system.
How do we fix it?
To hold ourselves in an ideal posture we need:
* Adequate joint range of motion in our spine and limbs
* Breathing to occur using the diaphragm, not our upper ribs and chest
* Workstations that encourage good posture
If our poor posture has been present over months or years, we need specific exercises to retrain faulty muscle patterns.
Here at Willoughby Chiropractic Centre I try to address all aspects of poor posture, but don't worry you don't need to be perfect! 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.
If you have noticed you or your children's posture is changing, we can perform an assessment and give you some simple steps to get your muscles back into a more ideal position. This can be:
* preventative when you have no symptoms
* to provide pain relief that lasts for chronic muscle aches
* to improve sports performance