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Many people have problems that are related to their posture—that is, the way that they hold their body. When your posture is incorrect, additional strain is placed on the muscles, tendons, and soft tissues of the body, commonly causing pain. The good news is that postural syndrome typically responds well to chiropractic treatment involving adjustments and physical therapy.
The main cause of postural syndrome is due to poor position. This can occur while sitting, standing, or lying down. Slouching is an example of an extremely common positional problem. People often slouch when sitting in front of a computer or the television, or when standing in one place for long periods of time.
Unfortunately for them, the body is designed to maintain certain alignments. When looked at from the side, the ear should align with the shoulder and hip. Especially when seated, people often round their shoulders and allow their head to be too far forward. Over time, this causes stress on the tissues in the area, which results in pain.
Patients with postural syndrome usually find relief from a combination of physical therapy and chiropractic adjustments. To begin with, treatment involves understanding which postures may be causing problems and how to avoid them. Once pain relief has been addressed, spinal adjustments and exercises will help treat the condition long-term.
Some simple exercises that can help with the problems associated with postural syndrome include a belly-down, chin-in-hands position, as well as several arched-back stretches:
Some people are lucky enough to have the problem resolve itself as soon as they start using proper posture. For others, it may take more time. However, most people will find relief if they successfully change their posture, which can be harder than it sounds. Often, people will 'relapse' into positions that are less than ideal when they are not paying attention. Making good posture a habit will help with this problem.
Here at Ringer Chiropractic in Tracy, CA, we see lots of patients with postural problems. Luckily, the fix for these conditions is relatively simple and very effective. If you suffer from pain that may be associated with your posture, call us today at 209-835-2225 to make an appointment.