Postural Training: An Overview

Many people aren’t aware of their posture on a daily basis. We don’t often give much thought to the position of our necks and backs as we go through our day-to-day routines, from sitting on a chair for extensive periods of time at work to standing and looking down at our phones. But poor posture can be the root cause of pain and reduced mobility throughout your body.

If you’re experiencing neck and back pain, your posture may be the issue. At REPAIR SI, we offer postural training that can help make slight adjustments to your posture when you sit, stand and walk that can alleviate your pain and related symptoms.

 

The Basics of Postural Training

Posture refers to the positions of your joints at any given time. It’s usually unconscious, which means that you could have poor posture for years without realizing it. If you consistently have slouched shoulders or an overextended neck, you can risk developing a variety of medical issues, including:

  • Chronic back pain.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Arthritis.
  • Spinal dysfunction.
  • Poor circulation.
  • Joint degeneration.
  • Jaw pain.
  • Recurring headaches.

 

The good news is that postural training can help improve your posture to alleviate pain and reduce the symptoms of medical conditions that impact your strength and mobility. 

Postural training is a treatment that involves a physical therapist walking you through targeted exercises that improve the alignment of your body during different positions. They will show you how to maintain proper alignment of your neck, back and spine during your everyday movements, such as walking around the park or driving in your car. 

Postural training can also improve your postural awareness, so that you can recognize when you need to make adjustments between your sessions.

 

The Importance of Good Posture

Good posture means that your body is properly aligned while you sit, stand or move to reduce the pressure placed on your muscles and ligaments.

The staples of good posture include:

  • Chin parallel to the ground.
  • A spine that isn’t arched or slouched.
  • Shoulders even and pushed back.
  • Body weight evenly distributed between feet.

Proper posture can offer many benefits, including:

  • Decreased risk of injury or pain.
  • Improved energy levels.
  • Increased productivity.
  • Boosted self-esteem and confidence.

 

REPAIR SI Can Provide Postural Training to Help Reduce Your Pain

Since most people are relatively unaware of their posture as they go about their days, sometimes they don’t recognize their poor posture until it starts causing them pain and decreased mobility. With postural training exercises, you can teach your body how to settle into proper alignment during movements to reduce the strain on your muscles and ligaments.

At REPAIR SI, our physical therapists will determine the root of your poor posture and help you make the proper adjustments that will continue to benefit you throughout your life. 

When you’re ready to help alleviate your pain and reduced range of motion from poor posture, it’s time to book a session for postural training. Contact our team today for more information or schedule an initial appointment.

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