One of the most common injuries I see in my office is poor posture. In fact, regardless of the primary reason a patient comes to see me for physical therapy, I could argue that 99% of my patients have “abnormal posture” as a secondary injury.
A twenty-something-old started physical therapy a few weeks ago. His primary complaint was shoulder blade pain with reaching forward. His secondary problem was occasional low back pain.
Guess what the root cause of his problem is?
Yes, I am screaming at the top of my lungs because posture affects EVERYTHING!
If your shoulders are rounded forward, your neck is forward, your mid-back is slumped, and your lower back lacks its normal curve, then you will have problems.
Because your entire body is more forward than it is supposed to be so your center of gravity is also forward. Your body does not work as efficiently when our center of gravity is in front of hips and...
Most people have heard about what causes back pain: poor lifting technique, poor posture, sports or work injury… but did you know that you could be doing 3 things every day that encourage back pain?
Seriously, you might be surprised by what I am about to say but the reality is that these 3 things could play a huge role in reducing the likelihood of ever getting back pain.
When you choose donuts, chips, and soda over fruits, vegetables, and water, you are making the choice to add hundreds – even thousands – of calories per day to your diet which can lead to obesity.
And, in case you didn’t know this, for every 1 pound you gain, you actually gain 3 pounds of force on your joints and spine. I learned this from an orthopedist 17 years ago who encouraged all his patients to lose weight first BEFORE he did surgery. Why did he do this?
Because he knew that surgery would be more effective if the patient wasn’t carrying excess weight to...
Do you think you would get a little tired of doing that?
Well, that’s exactly what your neck muscles are doing all day.
And, if your posture is poor then your neck muscles could be doing even extra lifting!
I see this all the time in my office. A patient arrives with complaints like “my neck hurts”, “my head feels heavy”, “it hurts to lift my head out of the wash basin at the salon – I have to use my hand to help lift my head”, or even “I feel like I sleep on my neck wrong every morning”
The “neck hurts” or the “I slept on my neck wrong” is typically associated with muscle or joint issues where the muscles are tight and the joints are often stuck. Either way, you can’t move your head the way you want.
The heavy head is often a result of poor posture over time. For example, we live in a very technological society. We lean over our...
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