Category: Poor Posture
Can A Chiropractor Help With Posture: 5 Vital Aspects Needed To Fix Incorrect Posture
Who doesn’t remember being told off as a kid at school?
Sit up straight, tuck your shirt in, don’t talk with your mouth full.
Most people wish they had listened to their teachers. At least to the first bit anyway.
If only you knew how sitting in your chair back at school would impact on the way your posture is as you sit in your office chair now.
When it comes to bad posture, staying aware of it and sitting up straight works well, at least until you stop thinking about it.
That’s where a chiropractor can help.
A chiropractor can help improve your posture by assessing and finding the underlying cause of your poor posture to correct it and get you sitting and standing up straight without you constantly reminding yourself.
How Can A Chiropractor Fix Bad Posture
Have you ever experienced neck or shoulder pain and thought it might be linked to your posture?
That’s one of the first things that will go through many health therapists heads too.
Before a chiropractor even touches your back to examine your posture they will ask a series of questions to conclude if any pain you have is coming about because of your poor posture.
This is the most important step for you because it will allow the chiropractor to determine if they can fix your posture.
These questions will include things about your lifestyle such as day to day activities, exercise and what you do at work to determine how your posture has changed over time.
A chiropractor will first determine how to fix your posture before commencing with treatment by assessing exactly how your posture has changed.
A chiropractic postural assessment is performed to judge how good or bad your posture is.
This is completed with the chiropractor assessing you from a front and side on view measuring specific landmarks in your body.
Front on view
A chiropractor will generally stand behind you to measure symmetry and determine:
– If your head is tilting to the right or left
– Uneven/tilting of your shoulders
– Tilting of your pelvis
Side on view
A chiropractor will look at how you’re standing from the side and assess:
– If your head pokes forward beyond your shoulder
– Whether your shoulders roll forward
– If there’s an increased curve through your mid back (hunchback)
– A change to the curve in your lower back to determine if your pelvis is tilting forward or backwards
Since we’re reminiscing about what we should have done as kids, remember sitting on a see-saw in the playground.
When you move up the other side moves down.
When you move down the other side goes up.
Your body is like a see saw (Just a whole lot more complicated)!
When one area of your body moves or changes due to poor posture another area also moves to compensate for it.
It’s for this very reason that a chiropractor will do various movement tests to not only assess the area that you think you have poor posture but the entire spine to see if there are compensations in other parts of your body.
This will help the chiropractor determine which joints and muscles have changed leading to your poor posture and allow them to determine a treatment plan to start reversing these changes.
When it comes to changes in your spine a postural based chiropractor will often send you for x-rays (if warranted) to get a clear picture of how your spine is structured on an internal view.
X-rays show a number of vital things to the chiropractor to help determine what they can do to start correcting your bad posture.
Imaging shows things such as:
– Changes to the curves in your spine
– Degeneration/Arthritic change
– Unleveling of your hips and pelvis
– Short leg
All these structural changes which show up on your x-rays will allow a chiropractor to assess what they can specifically do to help improve some of the postural changes you experience.
In some cases there will be changes seen which a chiropractor cannot help with. X-rays help them to decide who the best person to refer you to is so you get the best results possible for your problem.
Now for the part you’ve been waiting for.
A chiropractor will help to improve your posture with treatment specific to the problems they’ve identified.
Chiropractors have multiple techniques which include adjustments, soft tissue work, as well as specific exercises and rehabilitation that you can do both in the clinic and at home to help change your posture…and keep it that way.
What Can a Chiropractor do for Bad Posture
While the cracking noise that people generally associate with adjustments is pretty scary for some to hear it isn’t always required.
Our chiropractors at Spine and Posture Care use very gentle joint movements to get you the best posture correction with or without ‘the crack’.
These joint movements help to increase the motion in the joint as well as reducing tension in the surrounding muscles.
Soft Tissue Work
Soft tissue work involves focusing on how your muscles interact with the rest of your body in order to improve posture.
To alter the words of Sir Isaac Newton: For every action there is a reaction.
When one muscle changes another muscle also needs to change to compensate for it.
If one of your muscles becomes weak and underused another muscle has to become tight and overactive to make up for it.
A chiropractor will always address these overactive tight muscles through specific muscle releases and stretches before working on strengthening your underactive muscles through exercise and rehabilitation.
Stretches always come before rehabilitation because if you have overactive muscles and try to strengthen a weak muscle the overactive muscle will end up doing all the work.
This ends up with your weak muscles staying weak!
A chiropractor will prescribe specific exercises and then rehabilitation based on your postural changes to reduce tension in your muscles and then gradually increase strength in your weak muscles.
We ensure to run through these exercises and rehabilitation programs within the clinic before you do them at home so we can make sure you’re doing them correctly so you get the best postural correction possible.
A Chiropractor Can Help Fix and Correct Your Poor Posture
While treatment will obviously be what you need to fix your posture and get it back to where you want it to be the 4 steps before it: History Taking, Postural Assessment, Examination and X-rays are so important in allowing the chiropractor to know exactly what you need to get it there!
If you need a chiropractor for posture, at Spine and Posture Care our Chiropractors in Sydney CBD focus on assessment and rehabilitation of your poor posture to get you the best results in the shortest space of time.
After reading this, if you think your posture needs improvement and you’re looking for posture correction call us today or book online to see how we can help you.
Posture Correction Can Stop You Hunching Over
How often do you think about your posture in a day?
I have no doubt that you have more important things to do then think about your posture.
I don’t blame you either…when it comes to staying on top of your work, poor posture is the last thing on your mind.
The problem is, your poor posture at home and work is what teaches your body to stay in those incorrect positions permanently.
Posture correction through chiropractic treatment can re-teach your body to have good posture without you thinking about it!
Bad Posture Comes From Habit
Your body only does what you teach it.
In the words of the philosopher Wil Durant “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Posture, like excellence comes down to habit.
When you’ve been sitting slumped in a chair day after day for multiple years, as unfortunate as it is, you’re not going to all of a sudden have good posture when you decide its time to start sitting up straight again.
Forcing your body to stay upright can often do more harm than good because it causes certain muscles to constantly tense up, which eventually fatigue and can lead to pain and injury.
How Posture Correction Changes The Way You Sit
Sitting and standing with bad posture causes compression on the joints and muscles in your body.
This causes the joints in your spine to stiffen and stop moving properly.
It also produces weak muscles in some areas and overactive, tight muscles in other areas. Weak muscles can’t hold the body upright and therefore cause further slumping of your mid-back and neck as well as forward head carriage.
Posture correction can:
– Increase the movement in your joints so that you can maintain good posture without fatigue or pain.
– Sit or stand upright without constantly thinking about your posture
– Prevent aches and discomfort in your body due to poor posture
– Keep your good posture permanently, by reducing tension in tight areas and therefore stopping other areas becoming weak and underactive.
What’s the Underlying Cause of Your Poor Posture
Posture correction starts by finding the underlying cause of your poor posture.
No, not prolonged sitting or standing.
I’m talking about the changes in your body that caused changes in other areas.
Your body should be seen as an entire unit. Changes you get in one area are always going to cause changes in other areas.
If your shoulders are rolling forward, did this come about because your head moved forward first? Or vice versa?
Finding the root cause of your postural changes will determine how your posture can improve and stay that way.
Get A Posture Correction Assessment Today
If you feel as though you’ve been dealing with poor posture for too long, poor posture treatment can help.
Correcting posture begins with an accurate assessment so treatment, exercises and rehabilitation are tailored specifically to your postural changes. General exercises where you do anything and everything to ‘fix your posture’ aren’t always effective.
For an accurate posture assessment consultation call us today or book online to see what you can do to start improving your posture.
Do You Recognise The 4 Warning Signs Of Bad Posture?
SIT UP STRAIGHT!
It’s the one line I’m sure you heard as a child.
While you didn’t really take notice of the way you sat back then, it was the starting point that programmed what your posture looks like today.
Unfortunately we live in a society that’s ruled by jobs which require long periods of sitting or standing. You tend to forget about your posture as you focus more on the tasks and deadlines you need to meet at work.
The problem with this is you only control your posture when you’re thinking about it…but how long can you think about it before your mind strays to ‘more important matters’?
1. Does Your Head Poke Forward?
Don’t move your head backwards just yet…(I know you were thinking about it!) Picture where it’s positioned right now.
Forward head posture is one of the most common warning signs of bad posture.
With good posture the hole in your ear should sit over the middle of your shoulder…when you’re not thinking about it! Does yours?
This prevents a number of problems including: Neck and shoulder pain, Mid back pain, Lower back pain and muscle tension.
Now back to where your head is positioned. That’s where it stays for hour after hour when you’re sitting at the computer, watching TV and even when you’re sleeping.
It puts a huge amount of tension on your joints and causes the muscles to work a lot harder than they should.
2. How Round Are Your Shoulders?
If you’re getting pain at the bottom of your neck, across your shoulders or in between your shoulder blades chances are you have rounded shoulders.
Your shoulders should be rolled back so that you stick your chest out when sitting or standing.
Rounded shoulders occur when you hunch over at your desk causing some muscles to become over-active while some become under-active.
3. How Big Is The Curve In Your Lower Back?
Considering you’re sitting for large parts of the day it’s no surprise how many people have lower back pain symptoms.
The increased curve in your back comes from what’s known as anterior pelvic tilt.
This occurs due to bad posture where the pelvis tips forward. It’s the lower back version of forward neck posture and rolled shoulders.
This again leads to changes in the joints which cause lower back pain and muscle imbalances that may lead to sciatica.
4. Do You Hike Your Shoulder?
If you’re getting shoulder pain, neck pain or mid back pain and you look in the mirror and notice your shoulder might be higher on one side, chances are it’s because of bad posture.
Most activities we perform are dominated to one side of our body. If you think about your routine today…
Which ear did you hold your phone to? What shoulder did you carry your bag on? Which way were you leaning when sitting at your desk?
You’ve taught your body the posture that it’s in because of the repetitive tasks you do every day. This causes one side to be overactive leading to pain because your body is trying to compensate.
Do You Have Bad Posture?
How many of the warning signs do you have? How about when you look at the posture of your family and friends?
Posture is usually judged from a front and side on view but how often can we look at ourselves from the side and see how good…or bad our posture is.
If you feel as though you have bad posture our Sydney CBD Chiropractors may be able to help with your posture correction. Call us today or book online to see if poor posture treatment can improve your posture