POSTURE & ERGONOMICS

The importance of Postural Correction

The definition of Posture is the “body’s position working against gravity” So what we’re actually talking about is Good posture vs Bad posture while sitting, standing and moving. Bad posture can cause: headaches; degenerative spinal conditions; injuries from stresses and strains; weakness, pins & needles, or numbness; referred pain in the back and upper or lower limbs; and potentially also breathing difficulties due to restriction in the ribcage and diaphragm. Good posture helps prevent all this as well as preventing abnormal wearing of the joint surfaces, which can lead to arthritis, and helps maintain a healthy spine and vertebral discs.

Postural Correction in and around Shoreham

From our Shoreham-based clinic, we help clients to improve their posture. You would receive a full body assessment to identify postural issues. These could be due to bad learned habits in how you hold your body in various normal positions/movements, or due to restrictions in movement as a result of joint stiffness, or muscle tightness or old or current injuries. As a result of what we find, your postural correction treatment may consist of deep tissue massage, joint mobilisation, ultrasound, acupuncture or taping. You will also receive an exercise prescription to assist with rehabilitation/postural correction We also offer a service to help identify faults in the setup of your workstation, which will be affecting your posture. We will analyse your posture at your desk, looking at keyboard, monitor and telephone placement for better posture and prevention of injuries such as RSI & Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. We will also consider any design factors that could help maximise your efficiency and productivity, while minimising muscle fatigue and discomfort.

Improved posture to prevent muscle stiffness

Why is bad posture bad for you?

Bad posture increases the stresses and strains on your joints and muscles which can lead to injuries and muscle stiffness. Bad posture increases pressure on vertebral discs which can cause degenerative spinal conditions and some neurological symptoms such as weakness, pins & needles, numbness and referred pain. Bad posture increases tension in muscles which can cause imbalances and weaknesses in the muscles and also headaches. Bad posture can also lead to breathing difficulties due to restriction of movement in the ribcage and the diaphragm.

Why is good posture good for you?

Good posture reduces stresses and strains on your joints and muscles preventing injuries from occurring.

Good posture maintains a healthy spine and vertebral discs.

Good posture keeps your bones and muscles in correct alignment so that muscles are used correctly. This prevents fatigue in the muscles, which in turn prevents injury.

Good posture prevents abnormal wearing of the joint surfaces which can lead to arthritis.

Ergonomics

What does ergonomics mean?

Ergonomics is the study of your position in the workplace, taking into account the environment around you, and any design factors that help maximise your efficiency and productivity, and to minimise muscle fatigue, muscle stiffness and discomfort. We can help identify faults the setup of your workplace which will be affecting your posture. This could be sitting at your desk or your driving position. We will advise you on how to take steps to adapt your posture in your workplace, for example your computer, keyboard, monitor and telephone setup