Posture Clinic

We’ll help you correct your posture so that you can live a more fulfilling life by  preventing future injuries and reducing existing pain.

Why Choose Bentall Physiotherapy?

ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS

We always warmly welcome new patients and make every effort to schedule you in at a convenient time.

INSURANCE

We direct bill major insurance providers, ICBC, WCB, and extended MSP so that you can focus on getting healthy.

20+ YEARS EXPERIENCE

We’ve been helping Vancouverites treat and prevent injuries for over 20 years!

Book Online

We offer 24/7 online appointment requests for your convenience.

RESULTS

All of our treatments are 1 on 1. We use advanced technology and techniques for more accurate treatment planning and quicker results.

5 STAR RATING

We’re an award winning clinic with an average 4.8 / 5 rating from over 25 reviews.

The Bentall Physiotherapy Difference

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We focus on the source of the problem and not the symptoms…

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.

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We focus on education and habit / movement pattern modification…

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.

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We take a holistic approach to treatment…

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.

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To book an appointment call 604-683-8138 or click on the book now button below. Please note to book an appointment online, a CELL phone and email address are required.

Hours

We offer our physiotherapy service: Monday to Friday 7am – 6 pm.

Reception Desk Hours are: Monday to Friday 8 am – 5 pm.

Good Posture – What Does it Mean?

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:

  • Keeps bones and joints in correct alignment, so when seen from the side, your ear, shoulder, hip, knee and ankle are in straight, vertical line.
  • Helps decrease the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces that can result in arthritis.
  • Prevents the spine from becoming stressed or strained in abnormal positions.
  • Prevents fatigue because muscles are being used efficiently, meaning you use less energy.
  • Prevents strain or overuse injuries.
  • Prevents backache and muscular pain.
  • Contributes to a good appearance.

How Poor Posture Affects Health

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.

Spine

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.

Muscles

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.

Nerves

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.

Breathing

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.

Poor Posture is an Epidemic

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:

  •   A lack of structured physical education programs (particularly in elementary schools) for developing general motor skills, flexibility, balance and postural awareness.
  • Not enough regular physical activity.
  • Slouching (in front of the TV/computer or reading) for long periods of time.
  • Excessive use of electronic devices.
  • School and computer desks not set up correctly for children’s bodies.
  • Heavy, unbalanced school bags.
  • Weak and de-conditioned muscles.
  • Obesity.
  • Low self-esteem and depression.

How to Improve Your Child’s Posture

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.

  • Regular physical activities like swimming, soccer, gymnastic or dance are fantastic for whole body exercise, plus they improve body awareness, motor skills and self-confidence .
  • Avoid lying down to watch TV or play video games. Instead, your child should sit in a good supportive chair.
  • Limit TV, computer games or working at their desk to 20 minutes and then encourage “stretch breaks” to reduce the stress on their spine.
  • Purchase a desk and chair that are sized for your child so they can sit properly.
  • Adjust their monitor angle and install a keyboard tray. If a computer is shared with multiple family members, the screen and keyboard may be set at a convenient height for adults rather than children. Then, show your child how to adjust the monitor and chair height so they can use it comfortably.
  • Use a backpack for school, and encourage them to use both straps to spread the weight evenly.
  • Get their eyesight checked. Poor eyesight can contribute to bad posture if your child is forced to bend over his books to see clearly.
  • If possible, walk with your child to school. This is a great way to start the habit of daily exercise.
  • Set a good example. If you slouch, your kids will too.
  • Remind them to stop slouching. Your child will get in the habit of standing up straight- at least when you’re around.
  • Talk to your daughter about the changes that her body is going through. At puberty some girls become self-conscious about their height and their breasts; help her feel good about herself.
  • Buy them comfortable and well-constructed footwear that supports their feet.
  • Good posture is important, even while you sleep. Encourage your child to get into a habit of sleeping on their side or back, not on their stomach.

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.

Bad Posture Warning Signs

What to Look For

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:

  • Scoliosis – the spine is not straight when you look at it from the back, bends sideways
  • Facial asymmetry
  • One shoulder appears higher than the other
  • Scapula (shoulder blade) is winging or sticks out
  • Pelvic bones not level
  • The gap between the arms and torso is not the same on both sides
  • Excessive kyphosis of mid-back (rounded shoulders)
  • Excessive lordosis of low back (arched back)
  • Valgus (knock) knees
  • Collapsed longitudinal arc of the foot (flat feet)
  • Uneven development of leg muscles
  • Headaches
  • Back ache
  • Joint or muscle pain following activities
  • Shoes worn out unevenly or deformed

Testimonials

For over 20 years we’ve had the privilege of helping Vancouverites stay active and healthy. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for all of the testimonials, referrals and for putting your health and wellbeing in our hands.
  • “I ‘m an active professional with very little time to spare; so when I need help with my aches and pains I go to the best.  At Bentall Physiotherapy therapists are experienced, professional and dedicated to helping us, the patients, feel really good again. An assessment is always focused on the root of the problem not the symptom and I always leave with exercises and suggestions on how I can participate in this healing process. Keep up the great job, you guys! I’m sure I will be back.”

    Sharon M.
  • “Mariola’s knowledge of human body, hands-on approach, professional and friendly manner has made a world of difference in dealing with my chronic low back pain. Now I have my life back and I am grateful for all the help.”

    Susan W.
  • “Experienced, professional and knowledgeable physiotherapists, empowering experience”

    Victor T.
  • “Just wanted to share with you how much I have appreciated the fine work Mariola has done helping to heal my back. Her cheery disposition and professional manner brightened many of my “rainy “days.”

    Janet C. RN
  • “Most of my family and I have been visiting Jacek for almost 15 years with various sports related ailments. Jacek is the best Physiotherapist we have found to get us pain free and moving again.”

    Strat L.
  • “After a shoulder injury I wanted to give up and curl into a ball and pass my days with self pity. Jacek believed in the benefits of exercise and encouraged me to try even when I felt grumpy and frustrated. He told me that the journey might take some time, but that it would be worthwhile. As part of my therapy he challenged me with 10,000 steps a day, and naturally I doubted myself because it was easier not be accountable. Jacek was determined to stand his ground and encouraged me every step of the way – to have courage and to “stick with the program”. Walking 10,000 steps is now a breeze for me, and each day I set new challenges with tremendous pride in myself. I cannot thank Jacek enough for believing in me when I had given up on myself.”

    Rhona M.
  • “Jacek gave me back my life. After I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Polymyositis and now Osteoarthritis, I struggled for many years with the disease until I found Jacek. He is very knowledgable and skilled to deal with the complexity of my disease and he is flexible with his time in order to bring me relief. His treatments relived me of my joint pains which enabled me to gradually reduced my pain medications. He eventually helped me achieved remission. I’m now off medication and lead a normal life. Jacek is my Physiotherapist of choice whenever I have a flare up for 20 yrs. and recommended him to my family and friends.”

    Joyce M.
  • “My 86 years old mother and I, we are both having arthritis, osteoporosis and osteopenia. We are Jacek’s patients for over 15 years or so, and I told him once that he is not allowed to retire ever! Without his treatments, we would be having very poor life quality. He takes the time to listen and helps you understand what is going on. He is knowledgeable, skilled, intuitive and so thorough. He is confident and inspires you to reach for the highest possible level of physical functioning despite your limitations. And when we talk and joke about his native Poland or our Serbia, our minds are forgetting the painful stretching or twisting that we have to endure in order to improve the range of motion or muscle strength. I have to say that even the toughest manual adjustments are done with extremely gentle approach. Jacek genuinely wants you to be in the best shape you could be. I would absolutely recommend this great professional to anyone!”

    Mirjana A.
  • “Jacek is a very special physiotherapist, my family and I are very grateful to be under his care. I never thought that a physiotherapist would teach me how to breath. Jacek educates about the fundamentals and awareness required to live in your body aligned and healthy. Of course, the process is one of co-creation—his wisdom and guidance and your action incorporating his prescribed posture and exercises. Jacek is a Master at his craft. His passion in understanding the integrated workings of the human body are incredible to say the least. With the depth of Jacek’s knowledge and wisdom in his field, coupled with his presence, makes is easy for me to say, that everybody would be well served to have a session with Jacek!”

    Briege F.

Insurance

We direct bill all major insurance companies, ICBC, WCB, and extended MSP so that you can focus your time and energy on getting better.

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We always warmly welcome new patients to our office and direct bill all major insurance companies. To book an appointment please feel free to call us or book online. If you have a question, please feel free to fill out the form or give us a call.

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