Many people have issues with their posture, which can exacerbate pain and predispose us to injury. Common postural abnormalities include rounded shoulders, forward head, rounded upper back, anterior or posterior pelvic tilt, foot supination (high arch) or pronation (flat foot). Everyday activities such as sitting at a desk, carrying young children, using smartphones and even some sporting activities can increase your risk of developing postural issues.
Ideal posture helps align the joints, particularly in our spine, in an optimal position for movement. Here at Bray Physiotherapy, we offer postural assessment which includes evaluation of both resting and dynamic posture and identifying any joint stiffness or muscle imbalances. We will also take into account your daily activities, such as work, study, home and sporting activities.
Your physiotherapist will inform you of any issues and educate you on the best way to improve your posture. This may include advice on your ergonomic set-up in work, such as the ideal screen, desk, and chair height. It will often also include an exercise programme to strengthen weak muscles, stretch tight muscles and increase mobility in any stiff joints. Pilates is also a great way to improve your posture (see One-to-one Pilates).