Poor posture and poor mobility are often linked in a cause and effect relationship, with chronic poor posture eventually leading to injury, stiffness and pain that over time starts to impact our ability to move and perform everyday tasks. This can really degrade our health and wellbeing, and even suck the enjoyment out of life.
Chiropractors, through a combination of therapy, exercises and advice can correct poor posture and help their patients move freely again.
What are the impacts of poor posture on mobility?
The human body is designed to be in motion for the majority of the day, in the 21st century however most people live relatively sedentary lifestyles. This means that the majority of our time is spent in a seated position, whether in the car, office or at home on the couch and while we might wish it otherwise, most of those hours are probably spent with bad posture. As a result, many people suffer from overloading the joints and muscles in their back and neck, which can lead to muscle imbalances and dysfunctional movement patterns.
Ultimately, these imbalances can cause serious musculoskeletal issues. Over time they can cause weakness, pain, abnormal wear and tear of joints and ligaments and joint dysfunctions. This combination of pain, stiffness and reduced flexibility can lead to mobility issues and severely restrict the range of motion of the back, as well as related areas of the body such as the neck, hips and knees.
The good news is that chiropractors are highly trained in correcting imbalances caused by poor posture and equipping their clients with the right tools to avoid re-injury in the future.
How does chiropractic treatment benefit your posture
Chiropractors have a host of techniques at their disposal to help treat the effects of poor posture and the resulting imbalances in the body. They first start with a thorough examination of the way you sit and move to identify problem areas in the body. Once they have clearly found the root of the issue they will use a combination of therapies to improve your posture, and as a result, treat the pain and injuries associated with it.
To help improve posture chiropractors can employ:
- Chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic adjustments use gentle, controlled force to manipulate joints and correct improper positioning of spinal bones. This helps correct the position of the spine, neck and any areas associated with this central part of the body
- Physiotherapy. Some chiropractors will use a combination of chiropractic adjustments, remedial massage and physiotherapeutic exercises to help rebalance the body, reduce pain and bring strength back to weak muscles and joints, assisting patients with restoring and maintaining good posture throughout the day
- Take home care. Aside from manual adjustments and physical therapy, chiropractors can also give expert advice on how to maintain your posture when at home or at work. They can provide advice on how to sit properly, what exercises to do to maintain a healthy back and how to avoid reinjuring sensitive areas