The importance of good posture cannot be stressed enough in modern times. It extends far beyond our outward appearance and aesthetics. Your posture is an indication of muscle balance and spinal alignment. Chiropractors around the world are seeing a sharp rise in health problems from poor posture, especially in children who are more sedentary and are using technology and electronic devices more than we’ve seen in any previous generation.
Poor posture simply makes your body work much harder. This added workload on the body means that postural problems inevitably lead to damage. Chiropractors often see cases when postural problems trigger a chain of events that can result in unnecessary pain and stiffness, stress on other parts of the body, and injuries that mean time off work. The problem is becoming more relevant as we tend to spend more time at work, at the desk, at the computer, or doing repetitive tasks. However, bad posture can also be problematic at home after hours. How you relax is important too!
Achieving good posture is more complicated than simply “putting your shoulders back.” It involves the alignment and control of every part of your body, from your feet to the top of your head.
Some common postural problems we observe are: forward head, rounded shoulders, and pelvic tilt.
A chiropractor can help and will begin by conducting a thorough assessment of the patient’s posture.
The assessment may include:
- Detailed postural observation
- Muscle length and muscle control testing
- Full spine assessment
- Evaluation of functional tasks
- Posture Pro Computer Analysis
Your chiropractor can provide professional assistance in achieving and maintaining good posture through the following techniques:
- Gentle spinal adjustment techniques to help correct the underlying causes of poor posture.
- Bracing and/or taping techniques to help retraining
- Core-stability exercises
- Ergonomic advice, for your work and home environments
- A personalised stretching and exercise program that is tailored specifically for you.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care on Posture
A chiropractic assessment of your posture includes a screen for structural problems and muscle imbalances. Your body awareness will improve as we start to correct underlying spinal imbalances. This is an important part of injury prevention too. Being aware of good posture is the first step to breaking poor postural habits and reducing stress and strain on your body.
Our chiropractor is specially trained to evaluate your posture. Your chiropractic treatment program will include postural advice, manual treatment, and rehabilitation exercises to help re-establish a flexible, strong and pain-free posture.