Posture is very important for preventing and resolving back, neck and shoulder pain. Posture is the position from which all movement begins and ends, ideal posture puts the least amount of stress on your musculo-skeletal system. Correct posture can decrease pain and improve performance. Some of the things that can happen as a result of poor posture includes:
- Forward head posture and a Dowagers hump. This can lead to headaches, neck pain and and faulty breathing patterns. This can also cause problems with the nerves in the neck and can lead to arm pain, pins and needles and numbness in the hand.
- Scapula protraction and internal rotation of the arms. This is seen as a slumped posture and can cause upper back pain.
- Thoracic kyphosis – this is where you have too much curve in your upper back and can lead to should impingement syndrome, where you get a pinching pain in the shoulder as you lift your arm above your head.
A good physiotherapist can help to correct these posture problems and help you prevent an injury or resolve and injury. They will be able to treat your injury and give you home exercises.
Your physiotherapist will mobilise or manipulate the joints in your thoracic spine with techniques called NAG’s, SNAG’s, PAIVM and PPIVM. They will also teach you how to use a foam roll or Swiss Ball to be able to mobilse your back at home. Getting mobility in your spine is the first step in correcting your posture.