As many as 90% of patients with chronic pain problems present with less-then-ideal posture. Forward head posture is the most common postural problem and is frequently seen in persons suffering from migraine and tension-type headaches, but also in people who are working on computers all day, or who are playing musical instruments.
Posture involves much more than just the position of the head and is an indication of the overall balance of the body. Forward head posture is associated with a changed position of the jaw, rounded shoulders, internal rotation of the arms, an increased curvature of the spine (increased kyphosis and lordosis), and an overall slouched appearance. Poor posture limits people in their movements, recreational activities, and work and is often characterized by pain.
Of course, posture is also a reflection of how someone feels at that time. The posture of someone who just passed a difficult examination is different from the posture of someone who lost a loved one. Stress at work or at home is another common cause of poor posture.
Physical therapists at Bethesda Physiocare® evaluate how patients maintain their posture in sitting, standing, and during functional activities. This may include an ergonomic assessment of the workplace. Patients will learn how to maintain optimal postures throughout the day.
Part of posture training includes core stabilization exercises, awareness training (proprioception) and modification of the workplace.
For more information about posture training, please do not hesitate to contact us.