Postural weakness, generally, is often caused by weak core muscles. This could be due to poor posture, repetitive positions and daily tasks such as prolonged periods of sitting at a desk. Postural weakness can present as aching in the back and shoulders, especially worse with prolonged standing or unsupported sitting positions. The aching can worsen as the day goes on and the muscles tire.

Physiotherapy can really help with these symptoms and postural weakness. We can provide a full assessment and determine the cause of the symptoms. We can then provide advice, treatment and muscle retraining.

We all catch ourselves with bad posture and some of us will consciously try to correct it the best way we know how. When I treat clients and ask them to correct their slouched posture, often people have a tendancy to over correct it and arch their lower back and lift their chin into the air. This is a common misconception of “correct” posture.

The correct and best posture is to:

1. Have your feet hip-width apart with equal weight through both feet
2. Lengthen your legs without locking out your knees
3. Tuck your tummy button in and tail bone under slightly so that you don’t arch your lower back
4. Lengthen your spine from the crown of your head, opening up wide through the collar bones while keeping your chin tucked in a little.

Have a try. It looks ‘wordy’ when written down but by following these simple steps, focusing hard and making these small corrections, you really can maintain a good posture.

Try to do it little and often to consciously get your body and mind more aware of good posture. This really well help to strengthen your postural muscles. If in doubt or you’re not sure whether you are doing it right, please feel free to contact the Physiotherapist at The Harrison Clinic for assessment and further help moving forward.

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