Posture, it’s something we are all reminded of: “Sit up straight”, “Stop slouching”. But what is good posture and how important is good posture? How can hunched shoulders affect you today?
Slouching your shoulders changes the position of your shoulder blades and neck. This can lead to the space around the shoulder and neck closing down. This change in position puts muscles on stretch, making it harder for them to do their job. It also shortens other muscles causing tightness or spasm. These changes affect the ability of your shoulders to work effectively and efficiently.
Our shoulders are important for every day function. The shoulder is a ball and socket joint that allows your arm to go through the large range it needs to, to perform every day tasks. This means they are involved in the chain that runs from your hand to your shoulder and from your shoulder to your neck. If they are not working efficiently it will become hard to perform everyday tasks such as hanging out the washing, throwing a ball, dressing, sitting at the computer and sleeping. If your shoulder and the surrounding muscles are not functioning correctly it can increase your chances of developing certain overload conditions such as neck pain, headaches, dizziness, elbow pain, bursitis and rotator cuff tears. It can lead to the development of inflammation around the shoulder as joint spaces are narrowed and there is increased friction on the tendons, muscles and bursa (fluid sacs) in the area.There is help available to stop the daily struggle with perfect posture. So what can physiotherapy do for you? We can assess your posture and related pains, help you correct your posture, strengthen and stretch your muscles, discuss occupational desk set up and provide you with handy tips that you can use through out the day.
Contact us on (02) 4647 3373 to find out how to best treat your aches and pains, so you can Live, Perform, Be Well!