What is Posture?

Posture is the position in which you hold your body upright, fighting against the force gravity while standing, sitting or lying down. Good posture involves the habit of keeping your body straight while standing, walking, sitting and lying down in positions where you’ll create the least amount of strain on your muscles and ligaments.

What Causes Bad Posture?

Keeping your shoulders rounded typically causes poor postural habits, muscle imbalances and focusing too much on certain exercises, such as too much focus on chest strength while neglecting the upper back and rear shoulders. Exercises to strengthen your core, upper back and rear shoulder muscles will help correct rounded shoulders.

Bad posture is caused by:

  • Sitting in an office chair improperly for too long
  • Slouching or rounding your back
  • Not engaging or having a weak core (the muscles that stable your upper and lower body)
  • Exercising or overusing your check and front muscles and neglecting your back
  • Sleeping in a fiddle position or on a soft bed that puts your back in a rounded position
  • Leaning on one leg while standing
  • Having a hunched back and neck while texting
  • Poking your chin upwards

 

How can a Physical Therapist Help?

Physical Therapist can readjust your posture using several techniques.  The process of correcting your posture places the ear, tip of the shoulder, hand, lateral thigh and knee and also your ankle bone in a straight line and in the same plan of motion.

There are many ways a Physical Therapy can help, including massaging, aquatic therapy, resistance bands, stretching, and creating a recovery plan that is right for you.

We will in many cases increase your rowing strength.  These type of exercises focus on the scapulae stabilizing muscles and will enable the scapulae to be in the proper frontal plane.

Physical Therapists are well educated to treat a person with pain that develops from the “rounded shoulder” posture.