Boring right? Learning the importance of this could literally change your life! So sit up straight for this lesson and learn how to improve your posture with our top 5 tips here.
What impact can bad posture have on pain?
Most people only understand the importance of posture when eventually it has caught up with them and caused pain. The impact and importance of posture is very hidden up until this point, but when you understand this it will greatly change the way you look at your posture.
Poor posture can be related to:
- Headaches – through causing excessive pressure in the neck and muscles around the shoulders
- Shoulder problems – rounding of the shoulders can lead to impingement syndromes and rotator cuff issues
- Disc problems in the low back
What impact can posture have on your performance?
If posture can have the effect of causing pain, then it can also have an effect on your performance. At Duffield Chiropractic Clinic we are all about assessing performance and helping you to improve yours.
Here are just some ways in which posture can impact your performance:
- Adopting an upright seated posture in the face of stress can maintain self-esteem, reduce negative mood, and increase positive mood compared to a slumped posture.1
- Furthermore, sitting upright increases rate of speech and reduces self-focus.1
- Sitting upright may be a simple behavioural strategy to help build resilience to stress.1
- Regarding your sporting performance if your posture is bad you will have restricted range of motion and altered muscular patterns, just using common sense alone we can see having better posture will help your performance.
‘Posture is so important as it isn’t a one off event, it is the constant state in which we hold our body through life.’
How do we help?
We use our experience and expertise to assess what type of postural syndrome is occurring. Next we see what impact this is having related to your function (any signs or symptoms, pain or performance related). Finally we outline a plan of how to improve your posture, through a variety of ways:
- Treatment of the joints to restore their normal motion and allow them to ‘straighten up’
- Muscle release techniques to lengthen the muscles that are tight and pulling you down.
- Specific exercises to target and strengthen
- Postural advice to make sure your body maintains the freedom we have now given it.
As posture is so important we are offering FREE POSTURE ASSESSMENT and you can check appointment availability here.
- Nair et al (2015) Do slumped and upright postures affect stress responses? A randomized trial. Health Psychology, 34(6), 632-641.