Bad posture occurs when your spine is out of alignment, and your body is out of balance. Some muscles have to work overtime to keep the body upright or in a seated position, and some joints are under undue stress.
When you stand or sit with correct posture:
Bad posture results in:
Along with damage to the musculoskeletal system, poor posture can have wide ranging effects.
Physical therapy can help to alleviate symptoms and get you on the path to better posture and less discomfort. Your Ottawa therapist can customize an exercise program that directly addresses your postural issues.
Here are some guidelines.
Lower back pain, upper back and neck pain, hip pain... all of these symptoms may be caused by bad posture habits. Slouching places too much stress on the lower back as well as on the shoulder muscles. The more you push your head forward, the more weight you are putting on your neck and spine.
Other common posture issues include:
Better posture relieves the undue stresses on muscles and joints. The basics:
Exercises can help you where it counts the most – with your core and buttocks. A toned core can support your upper body in a balanced position, and keep you from slouching. Yoga and/or stretching exercises should also be added to the mix. Your Ottawa physiotherapist can design a regimen customized for your situation.
In cases where there is a spinal deformity such as hyperhyphosis, scoliosis (abnormal curve of the spine), or where one leg is longer than the other, physical appliances can help to correct posture and imbalances.
Our Ottawa physiotherapy and chiropractic clinics are ready with advice and treatment options for posture issues and any other musculoskeletal conditions you are experiencing. Contact one of our Ottawa physiotherapy clinics for a consultation.