If you’re like most people you spend a lot of your working day at a desk. Slumping and slouching is extremely common – with neck and back pain being leading causes of lost work days for office workers in Australia. Poor posture in our daily activities stores up trouble in the form of future health problems.
Bathurst Chiropractor, Ben Purcell, explains: “Imagine a vertical line that hangs from your ear and passes straight down through your shoulder, hip, knee and finally, your ankle when standing and from the ear, through the shoulder and hip when sitting. If your normal standing and sitting positions allow the plumb line to pass through all these points, your posture is excellent. Unfortunately for many, this is not the case!”
For a posture check and advice to prevent future health problems arising from poor posture, or to find out if any back or neck problems you are already experiencing may result from poor posture, call the practice today on (02) 6331 1004 for an initial appointment.
What Causes Poor Posture?
Poor posture can arise from a number of causes. Including:
- An injury causing pain, resulting in muscle guarding behaviour to avoid the pain
- Joint problems, either hypermobility or hypomobility
- The body might be out of balance, with muscle tone and strength in one area of the body being weaker than in another
- Problems with proprioception (the ability to perceive the position of the body)
- A psychological problem, such as low self-esteem
- Aging and degenerative processes within the body
The Problems of Incorrect Posture
The ideal posture is when the structures of the body, muscular and skeletal, are working in balance, resulting in minimum stress on the joints and other structures. Conversely, poor or incorrect posture increases these stresses, ultimately leading to pain and discomfort.
Incorrect posture can be either, structural or positional. Structural causes of poor posture are anatomical defects, these can be permanent and some may not be suitable for Chiropractic care. Even in this case it may be possible to help the body cope better with these problems through specific corrections.
The effects of poor posture can also be a chain reaction that leads to problems elsewhere. For example, a slumping posture at a desk can result in the head carriage being too far forward. This can lead to neck pain and headache. In fact, many of the body’s internal systems (such as respiration, circulation and digestion), can be affected by poor or incorrect posture over time.
How Chiropractic Can Help
A preliminary assessment at Bathurst Chiropractic will accurately analyse for any postural faults. As part of your analysis, a Neuroinfiniti “Stress Response Evaluation” assessment which, (among other things), can measure muscle activity throughout the body both in active and resting modes may be used.
Tightness and weakness found in the muscles during your postural analysis is key, so the Neuroinfiniti is an important tool in helping Dr. Ben Purcell with his diagnosis. Ben practices neurologically based Chiropractic, so the approach is holistic, taking into account the effect of the functioning of the Central Nervous System that controls all the processes in the body.
In addition to any Chiropractic adjustments necessary, treatment for postural faults may include stretching and strengthening exercises, heat, massage and supportive treatments for affected ligaments, joints and nerves.
As part of the ongoing wellness care, patients will receive advice on consciously improving posture and on workplace ergonomics. Good posture promotes overall good health and sometimes even a minor adjustment can make a big difference. Call Bathurst Chiropractic today on (02) 6331 1004 for an appointment now.