Postural dysfunction, also referred to as poor posture is defined as when the spine is positioned in uncomfortably unnatural positions emphasising the curves and resulting in muscles, joints and vertebrae being in stressful positions.
Continued poor positioning builds up pressure in these tissues and can lead to lower back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and arm pain.
Causes of postural dysfunction
Any physical therapist in Arlington, VA will inform you that the factors listed below cause postural dysfunction.
- Muscle tightness
When a muscle is shortened continuously it will assume that position
- Muscle weakness
When a muscle is lengthened continuously it becomes weak due to overuse.
- Soft tissue shortening or adhesion
When a joint stays immobile for long periods, it becomes weak and loses some range of motion.
- Poor neuromuscular control
Certain injuries alter neuromuscular control and affect posture and joint stability.
Inflammations may cause guarding, muscle spasms and change in posture.
How physical therapy helps
Attending postural dysfunction physical therapy at Source Physical Therapy and Wellness will be a great first step. This therapy will be aimed at correcting poor posture, therefore, restoring balance. You will be assigned a physical therapist who will observe your posture and afterwards inform you of good habits to adopt.
Most of our treatment plans focus on reducing compensation and strains while working towards optimal load on soft tissue and muscles.
Physical therapists at Source Physical Therapy and Wellness understand that every patient’s body is wired differently so treatment plans will be individualised.
You may also be prescribed a correction-exercise regime to strengthen specific muscles and restore proper balance.
Physical therapists in Arlington, VA have associated pain caused by postural dysfunction to current lifestyle choices. With the improvement in technology, people spend more time in stationary positions operating laptops and other electronic devices.