What is Posture?
Posture is the way that you hold your shoulders, neck and back. It is also a particular position in which you do a certain activity, such as sitting or standing. If your posture is strong and in balance, then all of the parts of your body are correctly aligned and work properly; if it is poor, then your body may be misaligned in some way and can start to cause problems such as pain.
Your body likes to be in balance. If it isn’t, sooner or later, the problem of poor posture becomes apparent. If your body is working differently from how it’s designed to, it works harder. If your body is working harder, it breaks down and gets injured more easily.
You may be experiencing pain in your lower leg when you climb the stairs, for example. Whilst we will investigate many possible causes behind this, it could be that you have poor hip alignment which is a postural problem putting too much pressure on your lower leg and causing your pain.
Poor Posture – Forward Head Carriage
Alternatively, your poor posture might be plain to see. Forward head posture, for example, is a misalignment of the neck which leaves the head jutting forwards rather than sitting correctly over the shoulders. It’s something we’re seeing more and more often at Future Proof Care, especially in younger patients, due to the excessive time many of us now spend hunched over looking at various screens and phones every day.
Poor Posture – Lower Crossed Syndrome
If poor posture is left untreated, you could experience chronic pain or, worse, end up with your core structure under alot of stress.
Moreover, poor posture has a real impact on how well you do everyday things and the activities you love. A cyclist with poor posture will find that they have reduced power when cycling distance, for example, and may experience back pain.
Beyond the physical repercussions of poor posture is the much deeper impact the condition has on your psychological well being. As such, it is always in your best interest to seek help if you’re in pain or have concerns about your posture.
History and Examination
If we discover your complaint to be a result of postural imbalances, the first step will be to treat any immediate pain through targeted adjustments and soft tissue work. An examination will be performed on the whole body and posture. Many mechanical, orthopaedic, neurological and muscle tests will also be carried out. We will begin to focus on how best we can help you recover your strength and stability in the problem area. This is usually through specific exercises, before directing our attention to ensuring your posture remains correctly aligned going forward.
Why Choose us?
Not all Practitioners within the Chiropractic, Osteopathic or Physiotherapy professions treat posture directly AND indirectly. They may focus more on one area in isolation. At Future Proof Care, we treat the body as a whole, thereby getting better results quicker.
We are honest and act with integrity, keeping you, your goals and needs at the focus of your care.
Our practitioners go beyond their training in Chiropractic and Osteopathy. We continually attend seminars and stay up to date with the latest research, sports injury and techniques, so our patients can get the best service.