The importance of good posture cannot be stressed enough in modern times. It extends far beyond our outward appearance and aesthetics.
Posture refers to our body’s alignment and positioning with respect to gravity. Gravity exerts a force on our joints, ligaments and muscles whether we are standing, sitting or lying down. Good posture distributes this force through our body with minimum muscular effort and so that no one structure is overstressed. Sitting or standing with proper postural alignment allows us to work more efficiently with less fatigue and strain on our body’s ligaments and muscles.
Whilst the effects of poor posture are many and varied some of the more common effects of bad posture are:
- neck pain
- shoulder pain
- back pain
- referred pain into the arms or legs
- development of trigger points
- loss of concentration and productivity
- repetitive strain injury
An assessment of your posture can screen for structural problems and muscle imbalances but more importantly, it improves your body awareness which is important for injury prevention. Being aware of good posture is the first step to breaking poor postural habits and reducing stress and strain on your body.
POSTURAL ASSESSMENT AT ACCENT PHYSIO
Achieving good posture is more complicated than simply ‘putting your shoulders back’.
At Accent Physio our team of physiotherapists are specially trained to evaluate your posture. We utilise one of the most powerful posture analysis programs in the world – Posture Pro. Posture Pro is a high tech computerized postural tool that can make an accurate calculation of your body’s deviation from normal posture, estimate additional stress being placed on your muscles and joints, and even predict your skeletal changes over time – all in less than 15 minutes!
Following your assessment you will be provided with an in depth report of your posture and your physiotherapist will make recommendations so that you can take control of your long-term structural health.
We can provide professional assistance in achieving and maintaining good posture through a combination of hands on physiotherapy treatment, massage, personalised stretching and exercise programs that are tailored specifically to you, bracing and/or taping techniques, core-stability exercises as well as ergonomic advice for your work and home environments.
By putting our recommendations into practice you can prevent the anatomical changes that may develop if poor posture is left uncorrected.
Accent Physiotherapy understands the importance of a healthy posture and how when this deteriorates our health can also deteriorate. Posture Pro allows us to accurately record and monitor your postural changes in order to get the best results from your physiotherapy treatment.
Detection of poor posture early means a greater chance of correction so set up an appointment with our Physiotherapists today and have your posture assessed. Don’t wait until it is too late!
For an appointment or further information, please contact the friendly staff at Accent Physiotherapy.