Postural Related Pain
Good posture is when our joints and muscles are well aligned, allowing for efficiency and reduced stress and strain on the body.
Maintaining correct posture relies on muscles to be balanced in both strength and length, as well as having the endurance to work against the stress and load in day to day activities.
In children and adolescents, one of the most common causes of pain is postural related pain, and with society’s ever-evolving lifestyle and daily habits, more and more children are reporting discomfort often contributed to the following:
Growth spurts – changes in muscle strength and length can lead to muscle imbalances and decreased proprioceptive feedback about where the body is in space
School bags – bags that are carried incorrectly, too heavy, poorly designed
Sitting posture – poor ergonomics at home or school when studying, such as sitting for too long (children are designed to move!) or in prolonged poor positions using digital devices.
Activity levels – not moving enough, using the wrong techniques during sporting activity, or over exercising a growing frame.
Body composition & genetics – children who are hypermobile or have low muscle tone have to work harder to stabilise their joints and move against gravity
Full Musculoskeletal Assessments
Here at Core Physio, our Physiotherapists perform full musculoskeletal assessments and develop treatment plans specifically tailored to our clients focussing on areas such as:
Helping to establish postural and healthy movement habits through education, awareness and sometimes using tape to assist.
Addressing the underlying causes of pain such as weak or tight muscles.
Improving joint range of motion to allow for good posture.
Home exercise programs focussing on common areas such as core stability, upper back strengthening and stretching programs in the aim to return muscles and ligaments to their correct lengths & strengths.
Group based exercise classes with individualised programs supervised by our Physiotherapists.
Give us a call at Core Physio City East on 8223 6372 to book in for a full assessment and to learn more about our group exercise classes which are designed to be fun, challenging and facilitate postural strength & confidence!
This blog was written by Rachel Hutchings from the City East Physio practice.