What is posture correction?
Postural realignment involves a postural assessment, advice about your posture and exercises to help you improve your posture. As part of your initial assessment, your therapist will asses your posture. If it appears that postural problems are causing or contributing to your problems and pain, postural realignment will be included as part of your treatment.
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What is involved and how can it help?
Postural assessment: identifying any postural imbalances or problems and ascertaining the causes; usually tight or weak muscles, joint stiffness or hypermobility.
Postural advice: this includes advice about correct sitting and standing positioning, moving and handling techniques that will help to improve your posture. Advice will be specific to you and take into account your occupation, driving habits and other activities, enabling you to implement our suggestions into your daily routine.
Exercises to improve posture: these are exercises that will help you to strengthen any weak muscles or stretch any tight muscles that are causing you to adopt a poor and potentially painful posture. Exercises are also given to loosen stiff joints, or provide more stability to those that are more mobile than they should be.
Anyone with a poor posture, muscle imbalance and pain will benefit from a full postural assessment and realignment. An optimum posture will help you to be more functional and reduce your pain levels.
There are different types of postural problems:
Kypholordosis: this is an exaggeration of the normal curves in the lower and upper back. This can cause weak neck, stomach, buttock and hamstring muscles. Your hip and back muscles may be tight and need stretching.
Flat Back: if the natural curves of the back are lost this causes the spine to be flat. This may result in weak hip and back muscles and tight hamstring muscles.
Sway Back: this is a forward tilting of your pelvis and may cause weak hip, back, stomach and neck muscles. Your hamstrings may also be tight.
Round Shoulders: this creates a hunched posture and causes the upper back muscle to be stretched and weak and your pectoral muscles to become tight.
Lordosis: an exaggerated inward curve of the spine causing some muscles to become tight and some to become weak depending on the location of the lordosis.
Kyphosis: this is an exaggeration of the outward curves in the spine, which causes a muscle imbalance in the surrounding area.
Leg Length Discrepancies: a difference in the overall measurements between the two leg lengths. True leg length discrepancy is caused by difference in bone lengths, whereas an apparent discrepancy is due to soft tissue shortening around the pelvis, legs and ankle that makes the leg length appear different.
Scoliosis: a sideways curve of the spine that may be corrected by strengthening the back muscles that support the spine.
Poking Chin Posture: this posture can result in neck pain and headaches due to the muscle imbalance and stiffness around these areas.