Why is posture so important? (and how physio can help)

By Molly Coventry, Physiotherapist

So you are now working from home! For some, this is an exciting prospect, a chance to see their family more and enjoy a more relaxed work environment. For others, however, this prospect can feel quite daunting and be logistically challenging. It’s important to get a comfortable set-up to avoid neck tension, back pain, stiff joints and even knee pain.

Working from home has many positives and can provide you with great flexibility, to be able to get up and move more often. Add up all the time saved by simply not sitting in a car commuting to work, and you will start to see the potential.

To begin with, you will need to create a temporary work environment at home. This shouldn’t be difficult if you follow a few key principles. Below is an image that demonstrates how your body should look at your new workstation, ideally with sitting and standing options.

 

In an era dominated by screens and sedentary lifestyles, maintaining good posture has become a contemporary challenge. Prolonged periods of sitting, hunching over devices, and other common habits can lead to postural imbalances and discomfort. Recognising the impact of these habits on our bodies is the first step towards cultivating positive change. Most of us now spend majority of our workday sitting in front of a computer, 8 hours a day, 5 days per week. When we sit for long periods, our chin pokes forwards, we extend our lower neck, we become more hunched in our upper back and our lower back rounds – leading to increased tension in our neck and back which can lead to pain. This poor sitting posture can then translate into other areas of our life, leading to further pain and dysfunction

 

Physiotherapy is a great option for addressing postural imbalances which may be contributing to your neck or back pain. Here is how physio can help:

  • Individualised Assessment: Physiotherapists conduct thorough assessments to identify postural imbalances and evaluate the unique needs of each individual. This personalised approach forms the foundation for tailored interventions.
  • Targeted Exercise Programs: Physiotherapy emphasise the importance of targeted exercises to strengthen core muscles, improve flexibility, and correct postural imbalances. These exercises are designed to address specific needs and contribute to sustainable improvements.
  • Manual Techniques and Therapies: Hands-on techniques, such as deep tissue massage, mobilisation, and dry needling, are employed by physiotherapists to release tension, enhance joint mobility, and alleviate discomfort associated with poor posture.
  • Posture Education: Physiotherapists play a crucial role in educating individuals about the principles of good posture. This includes guidance on ergonomic practices, body mechanics, and lifestyle adjustments to foster lasting changes.
  • Clinical Movement Therapy: Innovative approaches like Clinical Movement Therapy sessions provide a holistic understanding of movement patterns, promoting body awareness, strength, and ongoing posture improvement. These sessions empower individuals to integrate mindful movement into their daily lives.

As you navigate the complexities of modern life, remember that the way you carry yourself is not just a matter of appearance but a fundamental aspect of your well-being. Cultivating good posture is a transformative journey, and physiotherapy stands as a beacon of support on this path.

To make an appointment, call our Claremont physio clinic on (08) 9384 1555 or our Nedlands physio clinic on (08) 6389 2947.

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