Physiotherapy for postural issues in Kalgoorlie

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A great number of people suffer from the negative effects of bad posture and yet do not change the factors of their lives which cause them the problem.

Postural dysfunction or “Poor” posture is defined as when our spine is positioned in unnatural positions, in which the curves are emphasised and this results in the joints, muscles and vertebrae being in stressful positions. This prolonged poor positioning results in a build up of pressure on these tissues.

Painful conditions associated with poor posture are so common that most people have some firsthand knowledge of these problems. Low back pain is the most frequent complaint but research shows neck, shoulder and arm pain has become increasingly widespread as a result of postural dysfunction. Foot and knee problems are also becoming more common due to the emphasis on running and fitness.

Symptoms of postural dysfunction may include painful and visible symptoms. Painful symptoms from bad posture may include body aches and pains in the spine, the upper limbs (shoulders, arms) and lower limbs (hips, knees, ankles). Muscle fatigue and headaches are commonplace due to a build up of tension in the upper back, neck and shoulders.

Common visible symptoms of poor posture can include rounding of the shoulders, hunch back, tilting of the head forward, slouching, excessive arching of the back or a pot belly.

Physiotherapy treatment may significantly help to minimise, if not eliminate, postural dysfunction. Treatment may include:

  • Assessment and diagnosis of postural habits
  • Postural education and training
  • Manual therapy and soft tissue massage
  • Dry needling / acupuncture
  • Postural taping
  • Joint mobilisation
  • Corrective exercises and movements to improve flexibility, strength and posture
  • Pilates exercises
  • Activity modification advice
  • Advice regarding ergonomic workstations

Most patients will experience decreased pain once their posture is corrected.