Ergonomic & Postural Management
Good posture not only gives you confidence while meeting people, it is also essential in maintaining a healthy body and slowing the signs of aging. The relationship between good body posture and good body health is extremely close as well as your strength & mobility being a good indicator of your longevity! But don't be alarmed by some of the trends you see demonising sitting on social media - a "good" posture is uniqe to each individual and simply means one which in pain-free and not problematic.
Correcting Your Posture
A painful posture can arise though lack of exercise, genetics (with scoliosis), aging or just spending too long in any one position. This could be from standing, for example, at a your new standing desk and not before too long you start to lean more onto one leg and the opposite side starts over compensating, or, sitting at the office for long periods and having an uncomfortable set-up in a stressful environment. Poor walking patterns may put additional force on a particular joint, for exaple, having very immobile toe joints can cause a chain reaction through the ankle, knee and to the hip. Therapy for this and some guidance on your walking or running gait are good solutions here.
At Integrated Body Therapies we can advise on these daily matters that require life changing corrections. In a sub-optimal posture, the force on a joint can be several times greater than your body weight, and, in the long run may cause inflammation, wear and tear to the joint and resulting discomfort.
Setting Up Your Healthy Body
At Integrated Body Therapies, we believe that there isn’t actually a perfect posture but more of a posture that suits the individual’s personal lifestyle and workplace to be able to use the their body pain free, both now and in the future. Of course we don’t and can’t predict the future of our bodies, but learning along the way with experienced therapists these days can be highly beneficial to set you up for a healthier body long term. Our treatments include a progressive strengthening program and a soft tissue therapy treatment in releasing the tightness to loosen up the muscles.
By increasing your awareness around your posture, pain will slowly be eliminated, muscles will be strengthened and daily tasks easier, for example simple things like carrying a backpack, putting on your shoes, hitting that golf ball.
An ideal posture can also help your body to preserve a sufficient blood flow or circulation, which may help in cleaning the waste and bringing new nutrients to repair consumed and fatigued soft tissues.