Good posture is about more than just being able to sit up straight. It is what allows you to use your body in the most efficient way, whether you are sitting, standing, or moving around. An ideal posture will put your muscles and joints in an optimal position for good quality movement without pain. For example, see how high you can lift your arms when you are slouching forward. Now, sit up tall and try again. Most people will find that they can lift their arms much higher when they are not slouching. This is because the spine is in a better position to allow shoulder movement. There will be some individual variation in what ideal posture looks like for each person, but here on some general things to look for:
There are many reasons why our posture can get out of balance. Some of these reasons are lifestyle related (e.g. sitting for long periods of time, slouching to see a computer screen, or carrying around a heavy backpack all day), but sometimes postural changes are caused by conditions outside of our control, such as scoliosis.
Scoliosis is a condition that changes the shape of the natural curve in the spine. The spine may appear to have an “s” or a “c” shape even when the person is standing up straight. This abnormal curvature causes changes to one’s trunk alignment, posture, and movement patterns. It can also cause muscle imbalances leading to loss of strength and flexibility and/or pain.
• Decreased flexibility and range of motion
• Decreased strength
• Decreased balance
• Neck or back pain
• TMJ dysfunction
While these signs and symptoms are common for those with scoliosis or postural changes, they shouldn't become your new normal. If this sounds like you, click here to get help now.
Physical limitations that arise from scoliosis and postural changes are different for each individual and will require a highly individualized treatment plan. At Activcore, we are well equipped to give you the time and attention needed to address your specific issues.
Your physical therapist will assess the posture and movement patterns of your whole body to find the root cause of your symptoms. Your physical therapist will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan tailored to you and your goals. Treatment may include:
We are also recognized nationally as a leading authority in the application of Redcord, a suspension exercise system designed to help you develop a smart, balanced body through the power of neuromuscular activation.