Postural pain is extremely common but most people don't know how to go about treating there pain.
Postural dysfunction or “Poor” posture is defined as when our spine is positioned in unnatural positions, in which the curves, or lack of, are emphasised. Therefore the joints, muscles and vertebrae being in stressful positions. Poor posture longterm results in a build up of pressure on these tissues, causing pain and lack of function.
Common causes of postural pain
- Lack of education or awareness of correct posture
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Occupational demands
- Joint stiffness
- Decreased fitness
- Muscle weakness
- Muscle tightness
- Poor core stability
- Poor ergonomic work-stations
Physiotherapy uses the following techniques to treat postural pain
- Assessment of postural deficincies
- Postural education and training
- Manual therapy
- muscle release/ massage
- Postural taping
- Joint mobilisation
- Exercises to treat muscle weakness and lengthen tight muscles
Here are some exercises for neck and thoracic spine postural pain.
If you need more specific help with these exercises or need hands on treatment to help alleviate your postural pain and get you on track please call us at Physiofocus, 604 881 2002, or book online at www.physiofocus.ca
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