What is Posture Dysfunction?
Postural dysfunction or “poor” posture occurs when the spine takes on a misaligned position. Such positions are the head tilting forward, the rounding of the shoulders and an excessive curvature of the lower back leaving the hips behind the knees. When the body spends a lot of time in such positions, the misalignment applies unhealthy pressure to joints and soft tissues. Therefore increasing the risk of aggravating any pre-existing conditions and the causing of any injuries.
When your muscles start to adapt to such poor postures. Especially after prolonged periods of time, it will lead to muscle imbalances. When a muscle imbalance pulls a joint out of position it causes a strain to the joint. The strain stresses the nerves around the joint causing pain. When other parts of your body compensates for this pain by readjustment. The compensating part or muscle can lead to imbalance as well. This vicious cycle then repeats itself, showing us the potential of how a minor locall muscle problem could lead to a neuro-musculo-skeletal problem in a distant areas.
Symptoms of Posture Dysfunction:
- Bent knees when walking or standing
- Muscle Fatigue
- Rounded Shoulders
- Head that leans forward or backwards
- Back pain
- Body aches and pains
What causes Posture Dysfunction?
One of the most common causes of Posture Dysfunction is a sedentary lifestyle . With people spending half their day at a nine to five job. Bounded to their desk for long periods of time in hunched over positions. Such occupational hazards are no wonder why painful conditions associated with poor posture are so prevalent. Furthermore with the usage of phones a common habit found in this age and day. We spend hours at a time with our heads tilted forward in a hunched over position.
When we are in poor posture positions, some muscles can be forced to lengthen and some shortened. When hours over days are spent in such positions, our muscles adapt causing it to become more permanent. This results in stiffening from muscle tension causing weakness and inability to produce proper contractions. All these factors contribute to applying stress in an area, causing inflammation, spasm, pain and reduced mobility.
Factors that contribute to Posture Dysfunction:
- Lack of education on the subject matter of Posture.
- Sedentary Lifestyle
- Occupational Hazards
- Lack of Ergonomic Work Environment.
- Muscle Tightness
- Poor Core stability
- Joint Stiffness
- Decreased Fitness
- Muscle Weakness
- In intervals of one to two hours, take a break from your work to stand up and stretch your body.
- The “Curve Reversal” is a general rule encouraged to be practiced. For example if your hands have been using a lot of grip motion through the day. Applying the “Curve Reversal” rule would be to stretch your finger joints and any other muscles used in the grip position, towards the opposite direction of the grip.
- Stretching two to three times a week induces muscle activity,blood flow and of course flexibility. All of which prevents stiffness (shortening of muscles).
- Exercise to help muscle strength and tone.
- Be mindful of your body’s posture. Correct where necessary to induce good habits for posture.
Maintaining Good Posture
- When sitting on a regular chair or driving your car. Use lumbar rolls or a curved cushion to support your lower back.
- Avoid sitting on soft and squashy based chairs
- Remove your wallet from your backpocket before sitting. Sitting on your wallet in the backpocket for prolonged periods of time can cause what is known to be wallet pain syndrome.
- During sleep make sure your mattress is supportive enough to keep your spine straight when lying on your side. It is recommended to sleep on your back facing up, this position allows you to have the best posture to sleep in.
- While sleeping also ensure to have a pillow firm enough to support the neck.
- Switching to ergonomic chairs where you spend most of your hours in a day working at.
- When lifting heavy objects, be sure to keep your back straight ,your thighs and glutes engaged.
Treatments and Interventions
Our consultants will tailor a program specially for you by diving into understanding your lifestyle. From your circadian cycle, your diet to the physical demands of work that you go through. We will not only help you recover but also equip you with the tools necessary to prevent further aggravations in the future.
We will be able to provide therapy to correct anny muscle tension and joint restrictions while prescribing the right exercises to support recovery. Such exercise will be able to help create good habits for the patient, as well as educate them through first hand experience.
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