Postural Assessment at Graceville Physiotherapy
Postural Assessment can be integral to how a patient can recover from injury. Someone with a posture that is symmetrical and shows good joint placement recovers better than someone with poor posture.
We are trained to assess posture using our extensive knowledge of anatomy and bio-mechanics. From this postural assessment we are able to determine how posture is likely to worsen if nothing at all is done to improve the situation. Using our knowledge and experience, we can clearly see where you may be having problems.
Ring now for a Postural Assessment. Your physiotherapist will be able to go through the results in detail with you.
Why Good Posture is Important in the Workplace
Poor workplace posture is a major cause of back pain, workplace stress and can lead to repetitive strain injuries. Especially now, as more people than ever are working from home in makeshift workspaces. This can result in poor employee health and low morale which will ultimately lead onto reduced productivity, lost time and higher business costs.
Our bones hold us up, our joints link our bones, our muscles move the bones around the joints and our nerves facilitate control of the whole. The key to good posture is correct joint alignment, but muscle activity, balance and nerves are all part of the picture.
Posture is the position in which you hold your body upright against the forces of gravity while standing or sitting. The key to good posture is training your body to sit, stand and walk in positions where the least strain is placed on supporting muscles and ligaments during weight-bearing activities.
The Effects of Poor Posture may include:
- Poor joint alignment
- General muscle aches
- Increased shear forces within the spine affecting disc integrity
- Compression of disc and joint structures
- Compression/reduced space for nerves to course through the body
- Reduced blood flow to muscles resulting in increased fatigue
- Overuse injuries
Despite our best efforts we all find ourselves under heavy work loads and general life stress where remembering to maintain good posture can be the last thing on our mind. Sometimes you may need a little help from a professional.
How Physio Treatments Help Improve Poor Posture
Physiotherapy can help to facilitate normal alignment through stretching of joint and muscle tissue along with ensuring nerve mobility. Home exercise programmes can be designed specifically for you to work on any weak areas you may have, helping you get back to a correct posture that you can maintain as quickly as possible.
Treatment options may include:
- Core muscle activation
- Workstation setup and ergonomics
- Joint mobilisation
Physios specialise in the treatment of back, neck, and postural pain as well as workstation advice and injury rehabilitation.
Prevention can be better than the cure, but if you are already experiencing muscle fatigue, back and neck pain, joint soreness or tightness in your lower back, it might be a reason to see your Physiotherapist.
The Chin Retraction Stretch – A Great Exercise to improve posture
1. Pull your entire head backwards on your neck
2. Your chin should not go down or up but directly backward
3. Hold 2 seconds then relax
4. Do not poke the chin forwards
Repeat 10 times approximately every hour