Have you noticed that your posture doesn’t look that great when you’re standing in a mirror? Is your back bothering you? It is common for back pain to develop due to poor posture. If your posture is not correct, it can cause stress on other parts of your body, resulting in pain, inflammation, or dysfunction. Fortunately, physical therapy can improve posture!
To learn more about how our clinic can help improve your posture and relieve your back pain, contact Austin Manual Therapy in Austin, TX today to schedule an appointment. We’ve got you covered in this area; rest assured that your back pain is about to be a thing of the past!
Reasons for poor posture and back pain
Do you tend to slouch at your desk? Do you read emails by leaning forward? Do you type with your shoulders hunched over your keyboard? These are all things that individuals do without even recognizing how much impact they have on their bodies, and they’re all things that can negatively affect your posture.
Your posture affects how your body moves throughout the day, whether you’re sitting, standing, walking, jogging, jumping, or doing pretty much anything else. Your posture may change depending on what you’re doing; for example, your posture may be great when you’re standing, but when you sit at a desk or lie down, your body begins to hunch and fold in ways it’s not supposed to.
Posture changes over time depending on a person’s age, overall health, occupation, and daily activities, even if you’re not aware of it.
How did my posture change?
Poor posture isn’t something to be ashamed of; few people have ideal posture, and most people engage in terrible posture behaviors in some form. We get so caught up in whatever task we’re working on that we neglect to notice how our bodies are positioned!
Perhaps you’re working on a project at work, it’s late at night, you’re exhausted, and you’re slumped sideways in your desk chair, one eye on the computer and the other on the clock. This isn’t your normal position, but you’re getting into the most efficient position for typing up the rest of that file and then zooming out the door.
Poor posture isn’t due to laziness or apathy; instead, it generally has something to do with a physical weakness within our bodies. We slouch, slump, hunch, and droop over when we feel drained because our bodies get tired of holding us up.
Even if you exercise regularly, you may have a few weak muscles contributing to poor posture that you are unaware of. Your posture is influenced by the muscles in your shoulders, back, belly, buttocks, and pelvic floor. Your core will be affected if even one of these is weak, and your posture may suffer as a result.
A physical therapist can show you how to improve your posture
Worried that you’re out of luck in the posture department? This isn’t true. With the help of a skilled physical therapist, you can correct your posture and relieve chronic pain associated with it.
Our physical therapists are highly experienced and dedicated to helping patients relieve pain and improve their posture. When you arrive for your first appointment, your physical therapist will conduct a comprehensive exam to find out where your pain originates and what the best treatments will be for relieving it.
Your physical therapist will design a treatment plan based on your specific needs. This will focus on relieving your pain, improving your strength, and enhancing your posture as quickly as possible. Depending on the nature of your condition, treatment plans may also focus on mobility, balance, flexibility, or stability.
Feel free at any time to talk with your physical therapist about your progress and changes that need to be made to your treatment program. Therapy for poor posture is all about making improvements to the way you move every day so that you can begin to manage any outstanding pain symptoms you might have.
Ready to start feeling better? Call us today
Do you have a sneaking suspicion that your posture has caused your back pain? Contact us today to find out. Austin Manual Therapy will provide you with the treatment you need so you can get back to your pain-free life!