With a world full of technological advances and long hours in front of a screen, many people find themselves with newfound neck and back pain due to sitting. Muscle tension due to long hours in a chair can cause severe symptoms such as tension headaches, visual disturbances, and digestive issues. Our therapists are experts in postural evaluations and treatment programs specifically geared to help mitigate negative effects of sitting.

What is Posture?

Posture is a term that describes an overall position of body alignment in relation to its parts. It can take many different forms and shapes. When discussing posture two types are generally considered: static which means without motion and dynamic which means in motion. The goal of correct posture is to be in optimal alignment to perform an activity in the most efficient manner and with the least amount of energy and effort.

To understand what ideal static standing posture is visualize a line running through the ear lobe, shoulder joint, middle of trunk, greater trochanter, slightly in front of the knee joint, and slightly in front of your ankle joint. If this imaginary line passes through those points you are said to be in good alignment and optimal posture.
    

Posture Assesments and Postural Evaluations at Symmetry Physical Therapy

Your Symmetry Physical Therapy therapist will complete an in-depth posture assessment to find any deviations that may give cues of past and current traumas, injuries, mild or serious pathologies, emotional state, and energy inefficient positions that may be contributing to the injury.

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Inefficient Static Postures:

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  • Sway Back posture is one in which the hips are swayed forward and the rib cage is swayed backwards.
  • Flat Back posture occurs when your pelvis is tucked in and your lower back is straight instead of having normal spinal curvatures.
  • Scoliosis occurs when there is a lateral curvature of the spine. Most common types are an S and C curve depending on the shape.
  • Thoracic Kyphosis posture is an exaggerated curvature of the thoracic spine or middle back in a flexed or rounded position.

    

Upper Cross Syndrome

upper cross syndrome symmetry physical therapyOccurs when there is upper trapezius and levator scapula tightness and tightness across in the pectoralis major and minor. This position results in what is commonly known as a forward head position.

Lower Cross Syndrome

lower cross syndrone symmetry physical therapyOccurs when there is tightness in the thoracolumbar extensors and tightness across in the iliopsoas and rectus femoras.

Following the initial evaluation and posture assessment your therapist will create an individualized program consisting of mobility and stability exercises to correct any postural deficiencies that are contributing to the problem and help you achieve your health goals.

Want to learn more about the importance of correct posture and how you can achieve it? Check out the article on Kinesiotaping for Upper Crossed Syndrome.