Posture.  It’s one of the easiest things to address but also one of the hardest things to change.  In theory, it should be so easy to just sit up straight and not slouch, but all you have to do is look around to see how common this problem is.

In the current workforce, more and more jobs require prolonged periods of sitting at a computer.  Also, most people are carrying and looking down at a hand held computer (cell phone) all day long.  Consequently, poor posture is becoming more prevalent of an issue.  Faulty posture can lead to many unwanted symptoms including:  headaches, mid back pain, neck pain or muscle tightness, jaw pain and shoulder pain.

The reality is, holding good posture for prolonged periods of time (hours) is tiring and eventually, gravity starts to get the better of us.  Maintaining good posture can be limited by muscle imbalances, meaning some muscles might be tight and pull you in one direction while other muscles might be weak and have difficulty holding you in that position.  Other factors contributing to the difficulty in maintaining good posture include joint stiffness in your neck/mid back, or poor ergonomics at your work station.

At Bodyworks Physical Therapy, we identify and address the aspects of your posture that contribute to your problem and come up with a solution.  And for people who currently don’t have any problems but spend much of your day sitting at a computer, we have some great exercises and stretches that can help prevent you from dealing with those ugly headaches, neck/mid back pains, jaw, shoulder pains!