POSTURE RELATED PAIN

 

Posture related pain is one of the most common comnplaints I see. Particularly prevelant in office workers or those who are deskbound.

 

This pain is often described as a very low grade dull ache particularly at the end of the day, however it often increases, building insidiously to the point where the pain can become severe.

 

Poor posture at the neck and shoulders can cause:

  • Constant pain

  • Nerve irritaion (such as pins and needles, numbness or tingling down arm and in fingers)   

  • Regular headaches

  • Fatigue

  • Visual disturbances

  • Stress

 

SOUTHFIELDS & WIMBLEDON PARK OSTEOPATH

HOW CAN OSTEOPATHY HELP WITH POSTURE RELATED PAIN?

Osteopaths look at the whole body; carefully anaylsising where the postural dysfunction is coming from. 

Ie: Which muscles are too tight or too weak, which joints may or may not be moving well, what patterns you may have picked up in your daily lifestyle that might be contributing to the dysfunction.

 

This assessment addresses the cause of the pain. Your osteopath will then treat these dysfunctional areas through manual hands on treatment; such as stretching, movement of joints, manipulation and exercise perscription. 

 

 

Treating posture-related pain is often more straight forward than you think. If your work is desk based, you spend approximately 8hours seated. If that 8hrs is spent slightly slouched backwards, slumped forward in a chair or rotated towards a computer screen, this can put certain muscles under increased tension, others under long term stretch and compress some joints. Ie. Pain!

 

I have so many quick and simple tips and exercises, which not only reduces pain, but also makes you more aware of your posture. This means you won't be back in a month's time with the same pain. All it takes is a little dedication.

 

Tara Northey

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