Correcting poor posture
Poor posture commonly develops from spending too much time in a static position or from muscle imbalances in the body. Postural dysfunction can cause muscle and joint pain, impaired circulation, nerve compression, and more
Poor posture is most often caused by spending too much time in a static position, such as sitting at a desk or workbench. With a customized treatment plan from a physiotherapist, poor posture can be corrected in 3 to 8 weeks and can be prevented by moving and shifting our bodies often and building balanced muscle strength in the body.
What are the risks of poor posture?
Poor posture happens when muscles are held in a certain position or direction for extended periods of time. If someone with chronic poor posture is holding themselves in these positions for multiple hours a day, it can lead to noticeable physical changes such as rounded shoulders, a head that is tilted forwards or backwards, or an increased curve in the back.
Chronic poor posture can lead to a number of concerns, including:
- Muscle and joint pain
- Impaired circulation and lung expansion
- Nerve compression
- Increased stress on joints (may contribute to joint degeneration)
- Jaw pain and headaches
- Reduced quality of sleep
What causes poor posture?
Poor posture develops from spending too much time in a static position, such as sitting at a desk, stooping over a workbench, or frequent long periods of driving. For many, these activities are closely related to their occupations or hobbies, making it extremely common for individuals to develop poor posture throughout their lives.
Poor posture can also come as a result of muscle imbalances in the body. For example, if you have strong chest muscles but weak upper back muscles, your shoulders may slowly pull forward because of the muscle imbalance, resulting in poor posture.
Some of the most common causes of poor posture include:
- Occupations that require long periods of sitting (ex: desk workers, drivers)
- Muscle imbalances
- Improper sleeping positions
- Staring down at your smartphone
- Sports and training (strengthening specific muscle groups more than others)
How do you improve poor posture?
At The Bridge, we treat poor posture with a personalized treatment plan that includes:
- Hands-on treatment, such as soft tissue or joint mobilizations to reduce tissue sensitivity and mobility.
- A progressive mobility program to allow clients to find new ranges of motion or positions
- A resistance training program to improve strength and stress tolerance in the newly found mobility