Poor posture results from certain muscles tightening up or shortening while others lengthen and become weak which often occurs as a result of daily activities. Different factors can impact on posture such as occupational activities and biomechanical factors such as force and repetition. Risk factors for poor posture also include psychosocial factors such as job stress and strain. Workers who have higher job stress are more likely to develop neck and shoulder symptoms
Research has shown that drivers of lorries and public transport vehicles are at a greater risk of lower back and neck pain problems as well as other musculoskeletal disorders than office workers, partly because of their poor sitting posture and lack of breaks. Office workers who use a computer for extended periods are at greater risk of upper extremity and neck pain, especially on the side where the mouse is used. Further studies have implicated poor sitting posture in the development and perpetuation of neck pain syndromes. Sitting for long periods without interruption with poor posture has been shown to cause postural backache.
Poor posture can result in spinal and joint dysfunction as a result of muscle changes. Poor posture can result in short term but more likely long term pain or damage.
Signs and Symptoms
Low back pain
Intervertebral disc damage
Fibrotic scar tissue
High blood pressure
How can osteopathy help?
The osteopath looks at the body as a whole and through manual therapy and muscle strengthening exercises looks to help correct postural mis alignment.