If there is one thing a Brisbane physiotherapist would like to make a difference to, in a patient, it is Posture.
As we get older, bad habits such as slouching and inactivity cause muscle fatigue and tension that ultimately lead to poor posture. Poor posture and biomechanics can cause problems including back pain, spinal dysfunction, joint degeneration, rounded shoulders and a potbelly. You can improve your posture and spinal health by making a few lifestyle adjustments.
Symptoms of poor posture and biomechanics can include a head that leans either forward or backward, body aches and pains, muscle fatigue and headaches. Poor posture interferes with a number of the body’s postural mechanisms including slow and fast twitch muscle fibres, muscle length and strength and the nervous system feedback on the body’s position in space.
Good posture feels effortless, which is why traditional ‘good posture’ suggestions like throwing your shoulders back and sticking out your chest may feel uncomfortable too. Instead, listen to your body. Make minor adjustments while standing and sitting.
Biomechanics is the study of the mechanical laws relating to the movement or structure of living organisms. Posture relates back to effective biomechanics to avoid dysfunction.
What is a biomechanical dysfunction?
A nonspecific term for an acquired change in musculoskeletal mechanics resulting in faulty movement patterns.
What does this all mean and how does it relate to me?
When we have a biomechanical dysfunction, it means that a particular structure or set of structures in our body is not working correctly due to injury or some other intrinsic/extrinsic event.
In the event you have a biomechanical dysfunction in your foot for example, let’s say that your feet are pronated sitting in a resting calcaneal stance (your normal stance). The pronation of your feet would be classed as a biomechanical dysfunction, the pronation of your feet would move up the chain and affect each joint moving up so your knees and then your hips so on and so forth.
This biomechanical dysfunction will cause excess stresses on your joints and may cause you pain when exercising.
What makes Pivotal Motion different in correcting posture?
At Pivotal Motion Physiotherapy we have experienced physio that will be able to assist you with your individual needs. With our internal referral ability we make sure that there is no breakdown in communication between our referring practitioners and physios and that your care plan is tailored to give you the best possible outcome.
For more information regarding your posture and or exercises on how to improve posture, book in to see one of our physiotherapists at Pivotal Motion. Book an appointment online or call us today on 07 3352 5116.