OVERVIEW OF POSTURAL DYSFUNCTION
Postural dysfunction is also referred to as “poor posture.” An individual has postural dysfunction when he or she positions the spine in wrong positions, for example, protruding the head and rounding the shoulders. This stresses the vertebrae and also the joints and muscles in the surrounding area. It is worth noting that we should correct our posture before a lot of pressure mounts leading to more pain.
The human body is created and designed for motion. Your body is not meant to stay in one position for a long time, but in today’s world, a lot of people are adopting a sedentary lifestyle (sitting for long hours at work, in front of the TV, or on the computer).
As tech booms and gets more advanced, we spend more time staring at our phones and tablets. This makes us assume a flexed position for a long time, longer than we should. The ideal position is where the shoulders, ears, hips, ankles, and knees are aligned.
SEVERAL FACTORS CONTRIBUTES TO POSTURAL DYSFUNCTIONS
The tightness of the muscle: Consistent shortening of a muscle will cause it to assume that position by becoming shorter. If you sit for a long time, your hip flexor may shorten, thus, distorting your gait and getting you into a flexed forward posture.
A weakness of the muscle: Continuous lengthening of the muscle will make cause it to become weak due to excessive usage. For instance, if you sit for a long time, your gluteus maximum muscle will lengthen, thus increasing the risk of atrophy. This can reduce the mobility of the hip, while also leading to lower back pain, and ultimately, poor posture upon standing.
Other factors include:
- Poor neuromuscular control
- Adhesions or shortening of the soft tissues
POSTURAL DYSFUNCTION PHYSICAL THERAPY
Physical therapy at Source Physical Therapy and Wellness in Falls Church, VA helps to correct posture while restoring proper balance. A physical therapist in Falls Church, VA will observe your posture and enlighten you on the right habits to maintain. The goal of physical therapy at Source Physical Therapy and Wellness in Falls Church, VA for postural dysfunction is to reduce strains and compensations while placing optimal loads on soft tissues and muscles.
Physical therapists at Source Physical Therapy and Wellness in Falls Church, VA will create an exercise plan to strengthen some of your muscles and also correct your body alignment. What’s worth noting is that we all have different body shapes and designs; therefore, the plan of treatment will be individualized to meet each patient’s goals and needs. ‘
Your treatment plan may include:
- Postural taping
- Joint mobilization
- Advice on activity modification
- Soft tissue massage and manual therapy
- Corrective exercises and exercises aimed at improving strength, posture, and flexibility.
- Postural training and education