Poor posture is the result of certain muscles tightening or shortening while others lengthen often occurring as a result of one’s daily activities. Good posture helps us stand, walk, sit, and lie in positions that place the least strain on supporting muscles and ligaments during movement and weight-bearing activities.
Here at Total Restore Physiotherapy, we have highly experienced physiotherapists who can provide you with the best advice, and use manual and soft-tissue therapy, as well as corrective exercises to cure and prevent pain from postural problems.
Common Postural Problems
- Over-pronated feet-when the arch of the foot collapses excessively downward or inward.
- Pelvic tilt-when the pelvis tilts or rotates forward or backward.
- Rounded shoulders-when the shoulders have shifted forward.
- Forward head-head extending forward.
- Kyphosis(hunchback)-abnormal forward curvature in the upper back.
- Scoliosis-visible lateral curvature of the spine.
- Lordosis-excessive anterior curvature of the spine
Common causes of postural problems
- Injury and muscle guarding.
- Muscle tension and muscle weakness.
- Daily habits.
- Mental attitude and stress.
- Shoe choice and the way you wear them.
- Heredity and genetics.
How can Physiotherapy help
Correcting posture can help you recover from-and prevent-a variety of injuries.
Your Physiotherapist is the ideal health professional to identify your posture style and provide you with hands-on treatment, posture correction exercises and helpful home products for you to achieve great posture again.
Tips for better posture
- Don’t slouch-it puts a strain on the bones, muscles and joints that are needed to hold your backbone in place.
- Straighten up-you will feel better and look better!
- Don’t slump at your desk-sit all the way back in your chair, bend your knees at a right angle and place your feet on the floor.
- Beware of ‘Text Neck’-lift the phone up and move your eyes, not your head.
- Exercise-you need strong muscles to support your spine.
Get In Touch
If you are suffering from postural problems, and would like to make an appointment with one of our physiotherapists and get a treatment programme tailored to you, then call us on 0161 8333008. We are located in the city centre in the Royal Exchange building just off St Ann’s Square.