Bad posture can lead to serious health problems. Whether you are sitting or standing, do it with a bad posture and you can be affected by health problems.
So, what exactly defines bad posture? It is when your spine is positioned unnaturally. Joints, muscles and bones are unnecessarily stressed when you have a bad posture. The longer you are in that position, the worse you are straining yourself.
At HCR Solutions, clients come to us with all kinds of back, joint, and body pains.. While a good massage provides relief, that relief is only temporary.
Why you may have bad posture:
- Not aware of bad posture
- Professional demands
- Joint stiffness
- Muscle weakness
- Poor ergonomic work station
Recognize Bad Posture
To deal with bad posture, you have to first differentiate between good and bad posture.
- Slouching: Slouching isthe most common form of bad posture. The shoulders are slumped and the back is curved forward.
- Leaning Back: Another bad posture, though not as common as slouching, is the back tilted behind with the head forward.
- Upright Posture: The only good posture is the one where you are standing upright. However, if you have not trained your body to stand this way, it may be difficult to stand in an upright posture continuously.
Let Physical Therapy Help
A massage provides relief by loosening up the muscles which become stiff because of bad posture.
- Muscle Strengthening
You need to improve the strength of your back and shoulder muscles so it does not keep slumping. Various exercises such as these will help strengthen your muscles in the right manner.
- Joint Mobilization
Joint stiffness is one reason why your back keeps slouching. Joint mobilization relieves that stiffness off your joints.
- Kinesio Tapping
Kinesio Tapping is a method that uses special tape to support a muscle. In extreme cases, you will find a physical therapist resorting to this to help improve your muscle strength.
- Physical Therapist Supervision
Access to a physical therapist can be very advantageous. Some of the physical therapy exercises will be simple and can be done on your own. However, there are others that need to be done in the presence of a physical therapist. This is so that you do them right and don't injure yourself.
- Create an ergonomic work station
A physical therapist will also help you create an ergonomic work station. Chances are that you work in a job that requires you to sit for hours. Remaining seated in an uncomfortable position for a long time can also affect the quality of your work. Simple advice from your physical therapist like modifying your chair's height can do wonders for your posture as well as your performance at work.
If you have been suffering from recurring chronic pain, the problem may lie in bad posture. Learn to recognize it and get a physical therapist to treat it as early as possible.