What Does Posture Mean?
Posture can be a sign of many different things happening in the body. Poor posture can often occur from your physical habits and/or emotional and stress related issues. There is much more to good posture than simply sitting up straighter or correcting yourself at your work station or other activities that you may be involve in. The ability to hold yourself in an ideal position all day is much more about the tension and/or weakness in your muscles and other supportive tissues. Muscle tension often causes the muscles to become weak as the shortening of the tissue makes the overall ability of the muscle to contract limited. As a result you may not have the ability or strength to stand or sit correctly even when consciously trying to.
Can Remedial Massage Help?
Remedial massage can be a great option for regaining a better posture as it can release the tension in the tight muscles and address the weak muscle groups that need strengthening. Our therapists will also give you stretch and strength exercises to do at home to maintain the benefits of treatment. Becoming aware of your body and the specific imbalances during sessions is one of the most important parts of creating real, lasting change.
What Symptoms Can Poor Posture Cause?
Poor posture and the resulting misalignments within the body can also cause pain, discomfort and limited range of movement, this in turn can make you more susceptible to injury when participating in sports or other activities. Even if you have an accident or fall, the resulting injuries are influenced by your alignment.
What Habits Do I Need To Break?
Sitting or standing at your desk all day without having a reasonable amount of exercise can also develop bad habits with your posture. When we are in a static position we are more likely to do things unevenly, for example walking is generally one leg after the other (even movement), however when we sit or stand most people will have a tendency to lean to one side, cross the legs or support with one leg more than the other. This can often result in an increase of physical imbalance and as a result cause pain discomfort or injury.