What is Posture?
It can be defined as a position of the body or the arrangements of body parts relative to one another. It is often thought in relation to the spine, but it also includes your extremities. Posture can be good, bad, or somewhere in between. It is very important when standing, sitting and even when lying down.
So why is it so important?
Well, it all starts with the way we are made. Our body is made a little bit like a puzzle. All our body parts are designed to fit together in way that creates the least amount of stress on the joints, discs, ligaments, and muscles. When we start to deviate from this ideal positioning and spend more time in poor stance, we put stress on the joints, discs, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Anywhere the body deviates away from ideal posture and alignment stress is put on that area of the body.
So how can PT help?
Physical therapy always includes an assessment of posture, analysis of how the patient’s posture is contributing to the current problem, education on how to improve this issue, and interventions including hands on treatment and exercises.