We want you to get back to a normal and active life as quickly and safely as possible. Instead of treating your symptoms for temporary pain relief, we focus on identifying the source of the problem and treat that for long lasting results.
We want you to see lasting results. Our team members will assess a variety of movement patterns and postures while empowering you with education and exercises so that you can reduce the risk of re-injury and prevent new injuries from occurring.
We understand that the human body is incredibly interconnected. We use a variety of technology and techniques to detect and treat not only the underlying cause of your problem but also other areas of your body that might be contributing to the problem.
Posture is complicated. According to the Webster’s New World Medical Dictionary, it is “the carriage of the body as a whole, the attitude of the body, or the position of the limbs (the arms and legs).” In other words, the constantly changing positions of our body requires the balanced action of postural muscles to hold and guide it against the force of gravity.
Ideal (or good) posture:
Poor postural habits have been shown to impact many of our body’s systems. Some examples and explanations are listed on this page. Given it’s impact on health and therefore quality of life, instilling good postural habits in your kids is one of the greatest gifts you can give them.
Poor posture can create permanent changes in spine alignment. It happens because weight bearing forces are shifted to structures and areas not suited for prolonged stress, leading to early disc degeneration and osteoarthritis. This stress can also lead to permanent deformity in form of scoliosis (when the spine curves sideways) or excessive kyphotic curve in thoracic spine (rounded shoulders). According to a recent study from the UK, this process starts young. They looked at 154 10-year-olds and found 9% already had problems with at least one of the discs in their back.
Poor posture can change muscle tissue and its ability to contract. In a typical slouched posture, your hamstrings, neck extensors and pectoral muscles become tight while your shoulder blade stabilizers, back extensors and deep neck flexors get overstretched. Muscles in either extreme (tight or stretched) do not work at their best, so progressive weakness occurs next.
Poor posture can trap or irritate nerves causing pain. But poor posture can also change how your brain receives information. Your muscles and joints are constantly sending input to your brain, but if your joints are stiff, your muscles are tight and your ligaments are stretched, this input becomes less reliable. When your brain starts to lose awareness and control of an area, movement patterns become less efficient and reaction time decreases, which is a dangerous recipe for injuries or chronic health problems.
Poor posture influences your ability to breath effectively. Slouching only allows for shallow breathing because your ribs and diaphragm can’t move properly. As a result, your accessory respiratory muscles (which connect from your neck to your upper ribs) have to work harder which leads to increased tension, muscle shortening and ribcage rigidity. On top of these physical changes, shallow breathing does not allow for enough oxygen to get into your body, which further compromises its function.
With obesity rates soaring, diabetes on the rise and injuries related to poor posture becoming more prevalent, we are witnessing an epidemic of bad physical health. As these issues shift into younger populations, the toll on our healthcare system deepens. We, as a society, need to change our attitudes towards physical activity, nutrition and prevention in order to reverse this unsettling trend.
As physiotherapists, we are particularly concerned about the impact of poor posture in youth because this is the time when life-long habits are formed. If good postural habits can be ingrained, many future health issues can be prevented or avoided altogether.
With the exception of a few underlying medical conditions, poor posture (and all its consequences) develops because of poor choices, bad habits and simply being lazy. In our posture clinic for youth, we work towards addressing these factors as well as others such as:
Here is a list of our good posture tips for children, but they are also applicable to adults. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact us.
There are many advantages to helping your children to develop good posture habits such as less chance of experiencing body pain, fatigue and future bone growth problems. In addition, good posture sends a message of confidence and pride.
Detection is the best prevention and this is particularly important in the case of children. The postural behavior your children learn will stay with them throughout their adult lives. It is important that you watch your children closely and act on anything that doesn’t seem right. Observe their movements or behaviour in different situations and listen to their complaints. Remember that not all pains are “growing pains”.
The early signs of postural problems can be subtle, especially to an untrained eye. To help you, here is a list of things that should alert you to seek the professional help of your doctor or physiotherapist:
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