Postural Awareness and Core Stability
Maintaining a correct posture can be essential in preventing posture related pain from taking hold and limiting your enjoyment of life, your performance at work or on the sporting field. However posture may at first seem as simple as ‘sitting and standing up straight’ it can be far more complicated that this. Indeed you may have to look carefully at your posture during various activities in your life in you want to prevent ongoing injury and pain from taking hold.
We all have slightly varying postures, depending upon whether we are male or female, how we carry our work, our exercise, sport and occupation history and our own person to person variations. As a result, some people sway back more, others stand tall like a soldier, many round their shoulders or fall forward excessive through their lower backs.
For many these postural tendencies lead to issues in neck and back pain. A thorough assessment can therefore be helpful in providing important postural education advice as well as stretching and strengthening programme to improve your standing posture and ease the tension of your over fatigued muscles and ligaments.
Nearly all of us are spending more and more time at the computer. This means the way we sit can be a significant factor in whether or not we experience neck, shoulder and back pain. A careful evaluation of your work station and home office can be an important stepping stone to ensuring your computer time does not lead to postural aches, pains and injuries.
Every Movement has its own Posture
The importance of posture is not limited to the position of the head and lower back or what we do only in sitting or standing. Every movement we make requires good postural technique throughout the whole body chain if we are to prevent either acute or overuse injuries. If you are experiencing pain during any activity, a postural evaluation of both your static and dynamic movement patterns can help find you a better way of doing a task, reduce your pain and minimize your risk of future injury.
Working with Your Core
The muscles around the abdominal area and lower back form a corset link ring intended to protect you during activity. The correct use of this area by eliciting the appropriate (as opposed to inappropriate) combination of muscles allows the remainder of the body to move freely, preventing injury and inappropriate posturing. Evaluating the effectiveness of how you engage this muscular core can be critical in preventing injury and pain.
More than the Core
Postural stabilization does not, however, only take place around the lower back and abdominal region. It is also an important factor about most joints of the body including the hips, knee and shoulder in particular. Learning how to correctly stabilise these areas during specific activities, tasks and movements, whether at home, work or on the sporting fields may prevent pain, improve performance and reduce your risks of future injury.
Looking to improve your posture, better your performance and prevent injury?
Consider appointment at the Beach Street Centre where we can work together in addressing the postural issues you may be experiencing.