Have you been told your posture is bad? What does that mean? And does the person saying it know what they’re talking about?
So what is posture?
Posture really just means the way you hold yourself. As such there isn’t necessarily a “good” or “bad” posture, what is good posture for you is specific to you structure. For instance, depending on how your spine and other structures developed from childhood you could cause yourself discomfort or damage from trying to hold your body in a text book “good posture”.
At Melbourne Natural Therapies our massage therapists are not necessarily focussed on making you perfectly straight with a “good posture”, our aim is to reduce your symptoms and maximise the efficiency of your body. We look at your body to find the ideal balance for you as an individual.
Massage can help correct any imbalances that have been created in your posture by releasing tight muscles that are causing deviation in your structure, allowing your body to slot back into a more comfortable relaxed posture, and as a result reducing tension and symptoms.
Many people have been told they have a Kyphosis. A kyphotic curve is a curve that is convex posteriorly. The kyphotic curve in the upper back is normal and necessary, the only time problems arise when it is an “excessive kyphotic curvature”. Everyone has a different level of curvature so it is very hard to say someone has an excessive curve unless your understand their full history and symptoms.
There is also a natural lordotic curve in the lower back and in the neck. The same can be said for the lordotic curve, We all need them but are they excessive?
Scoliosis is a lateral or side deviation of the spine. If you looked at someone’s back from behind you would see an S bend in the spine. We all have some variation in the spine as no-one is born symmetrical. We see many people that have been told they have a scoliosis and in fact they are well within normal range.
If you are experiencing symptoms and would like to talk to someone to see if it could be a postural issue give us a call and speak with one of our massage therapist at Melbourne Natural Therapies.
Melbourne Natural Therapies
03 9645 9923