What is Good Posture?

Poor posture can be a sign of many different things occurring in your body. Your posture and the way you move can be a clue as to your physical habits as well as emotional and stress related patterns.

Good posture is much more than simply trying to sit up straight or consciously adjusting yourself at your work station or chosen actitowards establishing good posture. Physical treatment such as massage will also help you to become aware of your habitual physical patterns and how they create imbalances within your body. Good massage therapists will encourage you to establish new patterns of movement through stretching and strengthening which is a vital part of creating real, lasting change. In part, posture has to do with the tension and/or weakness in your muscles. Muscle tension can cause the muscles to also become weak as the tension makes the fibres in your muscles shorten thus making the overall ability of the muscle to contract limited. As a result you may not have the ability or strength to stand or sit easefully even when consciously trying to do so.

Muscular tensions and weaknesses in the body which result in poor posture and structural misalignments can also cause pain, discomfort and limited range of movement, which in turn can make you more susceptible to injury when participating in sports or other activities. Perhaps even just the activity of sitting at your desk causes pain and discomfort? In static positions we are more likely to do things unevenly. In sitting most people will have a tendency to lean to one side, cross the legs or hold undue tension in their dominant hand. Often in standing the habit is to support with one leg more than the other. These actions can result in an increase of physical imbalance and as a result cause pain, discomfort or injury.

Releasing the tension in the muscles and maintaining muscular and soft tissue health can require remedial massage or myotherapy sessions. Massage therapists use a variety of techniques to work on soft tissue, muscles, tendons and joints to help reduce tension, create improved alignment and mobility and reduce physical pain which all help towards establishing good posture. Physical treatment such as massage will also help you to become aware of your habitual physical patterns and how they create imbalances within your body. Good massage therapists will encourage you to establish new patterns of movement through stretching and strengthening which is a vital part of creating real, lasting change

If you are having any issues with pain or discomfort which you think may be related to your habits or posture at work please feel free to come in for a free postural assessment with one of our highly qualified staff. Contact [email protected]

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