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Correct your Posture: The Impact of Poor Posture on your Overall Health

I see time and time again people who complain about painful necks, painful shoulders, painful backs, and they do not realise that their poor posture is the ultimate contributor to their discomfort. When you consistently sit or stand with poor posture, you end up developing muscle imbalances and muscle weakness. Let me give you an example:

You sit at a desk all day working on the computer and you are constantly slouching. You develop a “forward head posture”. This is where your chest caves in, your upper back hunches over, your shoulders become rounded, and your chin pokes out.

As your head moves forwards, the front neck muscles (your deep neck flexors) elongate whilst the muscles at the back of the neck shorten. This leads to your neck muscles at the back (your extensor muscles) having to work extremely hard to keep your head supported as it gets heavier with every inch it moves forwards. These muscles become over active as they try to support the head’s weight, causing spasms and pain!

Heavy Head

The positive side to this is that the pain can improve with correct guidance by your physiotherapist to strengthen specific muscles. If you are finding that the pain in your neck is causing you grief, think about improving your posture!

About Sheila

Sheila is our Clinic Manager at Square One Physio (Mississauga). She has done Bachelors of Science in Physiotherapy and has extensive knowledge and experience in Physiotherapy. She firmly believes in providing great service and customer satisfaction. She is always willing to answers all queries related to motor vehicle accident, WSIB billing, EHC and any other health related queries. Next time you come to our clinic don't forget to ask whatever questions you might have regarding your health. If you want to receive notifications for new blog posts by Sheila, don't forget to subscribe to our blog.
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