07 Mar Is poor posture causing your pain? Physiotherapy can help!
Do you have a desk job? Do you have to sit for long periods? Do you develop pain in your hips, back shoulders or neck during your work day? Has your posture been assessed by a physiotherapist or chiropractor recently?
As a society we are becoming more and more sedentary in our home and our work lives. This can lead to a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. Prolonged poor posture forces our bodies into positions that they are not designed to be in. This forces muscles to start doing jobs that they are not designed to do. When this happens there is always a consequence and that usually involves pain and discomfort.
This can be wide ranging from minor aches and pains in the neck and shoulders to severe and constant headaches. Stiffness in the joint and muscles from prolonged poor postures can also increase your risk of suffering acute injuries when doing manual labour, exercising or playing sport.
Here are a few tips that you can try in order to improve your posture:
- The top of your computer monitor should be level with your eyes
- If you work off a laptop, get a detachable keyboard and place your laptop on something to lift the screen up without affecting your ability to type
- The 90 degrees rule- your ankles, knees, hips and elbows should all be sitting at 90 degrees
- Get a good sturdy chair with a decent back support
- Another really good thing to incorporate into your day is to not remain in the one position for too long.
Even those with good core strength and control will struggle to remain in the same position for hours at a time. Even taking the time to go get a glass of water, go to the photocopier or the bathroom is beneficial giving your postural muscles a rest.
If you still struggle, you may need a specific exercise program to strengthening up your core muscles. Speak to one of our therapists today.
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