Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies everyday – this includes the way we lie, sit or stand. When we talk about good posture, we’re talking about your body being in correct alignment with the right amount of muscle tension to support your body against gravity. Most of the time we do this without even thinking about it!
Good posture can:
- Help decrease the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces that can result in ‘wear and tear’ and joint pain
- Reduce the stress placed on ligaments and other soft tissue structures, thereby decreasing the likelihood of injury
- Allow the muscles in your body to work more efficiently, helping to prevent muscle fatigue
- Help prevent soft tissue strain, overuse injuries and even back and muscular pain
Poor posture can be associated with pain in the body in some people. Our physiotherapists are trained in the assessment of posture and ergonomics and can help with managing postural problems.
Benefits of Physiotherapy
To maintain proper posture, you need to have adequate muscle flexibility and strength, normal range of movement in your spine and other joints in your body, as well as efficient postural muscles. Our physiotherapists can conduct a thorough assessment in order to come up with a plan for your postural needs.
Our physiotherapists can also visit your worksite to assess your working posture and physical demands of your job.
By seeking advice from a physiotherapist, you can help nip your poor posture in the bud and experience significant improvements in your posture-related pain.
Common shoulder problems include the following
Frozen shoulder – Adhesive capsulitis
– Most common in people over 45, generally associated with a lack of movement. Can start for no reason…. The main thing with this is to get a diagnosis and understand how to manage your pain.
– When the rotator cuff tendons become pinched in the joint due to narrowing of the joint space; this is commonly due to either inflammation or arthritic changes.
– Can occur in the upper shoulder muscles such as the upper trapezius or in the deltoid muscle at the side of the shoulder. Often caused from doing activities you are not used to doing, painting, gardening, moving house etcIf symptoms persist or worsen it is advised to visit your Physiotherapist to further assess your shoulder problem.Treatment Options for Shoulder Injuries
The type of Physiotherapy treatments that you will receive depends on the specific condition that you have and whether you’ve undergone surgery or not. In addition, your Physiotherapist will likely ask about your goals for rehabilitation.
Treatments for shoulder injuries may be composed of a combination of any of the following:
- Immobilisation (splinting/bandaging)
- Dry Needling
- Soft tissue mobilisation (massage)
- Shoulder joint mobilisation
- Range of motion exercises
- Stretching or flexibility exercises
- General conditioning exercises
- Shoulder muscles strengthening exercises
- Patient education about the patient’s particular shoulder problem
- Precautions and activity modification
- Self-care of symptoms
- Home exercise program
- Shoulder injury prevention
- Return to work or sports rehabilitation program
Physiotherapy treatment and advice can dramatically improve
the treatment and prevention of shoulder pain.