Physiotherapy for Posture Related Pain

neck pain from poor posture

If you have poor posture it can affect a lot more than just your appearance. Poor posture also contributes to dozens of health problems that cause pain and impact your well-being and overall health.

You might even be experiencing neck pain, back pain, headaches, muscle fatigue and general body aches, without realising that it is your posture that is causing this pain!

What causes poor posture?

Poor posture can also be caused by sitting for long periods of time, having a sedentary lifestyle, poor core stability, muscle weakness or joint stiffness.

All of these factors result in muscle imbalance, increased pressure and degeneration in the spinal disks, particularly in the neck and lower back, decreased blood flow, and decreased spine mobility.

What are the symptoms of poor posture?

Poor posture causes pain and other problems because it makes inefficient use of your body structure and it puts extra demands on your body.

If your posture is poor, you might experience some or all of the following symptoms.

  • Feelings of fatigue and general exhaustion
  • Impaired lung function and difficulty breathing
  • Pain and tension in your shoulders or neck
  • Decreased flexibility
  • Constricted nerves and regular muscle spasms
  • Jaw pain and headaches
  • Curvature of your spine, a misaligned spine and aches in your back
  • Arm numbness, tingling, or nerve pain
  • Poor Circulation
  • Poor Digestion

Physiotherapy for posture correction

“Good” posture occurs when your body is properly aligned when you are standing or sitting. When you have good posture you are holding your body against gravity with the minimal amount of strain and tension on your muscles and ligaments.

Good posture is crucial for maintaining your balance, aligning your bones and joints, protecting your spine, and preventing muscular soreness.

At Proactive Physiotherapy we start by identifying your ideal posture style and then we give you hands-on treatment to increase your muscle strength and length, as well as posture-correction exercises.

Your physiotherapy treatment for posture correction may include:

  • Core-strengthening exercises
  • Exercises to strengthen and train your muscles
  • Postural and movement retraining
  • Preventative or assistive taping techniques
  • Stretching and mobility exercises for your joints and soft tissue
  • Supportive bracing
  • Targeted joint and soft tissue manual techniques

We’ll also show you how to avoid getting poor posture, with a range of exercises you can do at home, tips or weight control and core strengthening, as well as advising on the right kind of shoes to wear and ensuring your work surfaces are set at a comfortable height for you.

If your posture problems are caused by your work environment, our Home and Office Ergonomic Assessment Program will assess your workspace setup and identify any ergonomic hazards which may contribute to your long-term postural problems.

If you’d like some professional advice and treatment for your postural problems, get in touch with the team at Proactive Physiotherapy.