Most postures can be sustained for a short time
however certain sitting or standing postures can place increased
pressures on discs. Prolonged periods in these postures can cause
adaptive shortening of various tissues. This may be associated with
musculoskeletal discomfort and dysfunction in some people.
Physiotherapists are trained in the assessment of posture
and ergonomics and can assist in managing postural problems.
Role of physiotherapy
resulting from prolonged postures and associated pre-existing
characteristics, can lead to changes in pressure distribution over
joint surfaces and may lead to degeneration. Poor prolonged posture
will also result in weakening of postural muscles making it
increasingly difficult to attain better posture.
physiotherapist can help and will begin by conducting a thorough
assessment of the patient's posture. This can include:
Benefits of physiotherapy
||detailed postural observation
||muscle length, strength and muscle control testing |
||full joint assessment |
||evaluation of functional tasks
The latest developments
in physiotherapy research have recognised the importance of specific
stabilising muscles such as transversus abdominis, multifidus,
scapular stabilising muscles and the deep neck flexors on posture.
Physiotherapists use pressure biofeedback units to assess
and facilitate the function of these muscles. This method can be
successful in treating posture-related neck and back pain. Other
useful physiotherapy techniques include postural taping and
education on postural awareness at work, home and during recreation.
Physiotherapists will also use hands on techniques to treat joint
problems by specific joint mobilisation and manipulation.
Physiotherapists can visit worksites to assess the patient's
working posture and physical demands of the job and to provide
advice and modifications where necessary.
By seeking the
advice and treatment of physiotherapists in the management of
postural conditions, patients can experience significant
improvements in their pain and functional capacity and prevent
recurrence of the problem.
Would you like the names of physiotherapists
who have a special interest in Posture Management? This falls
under the categories of musculoskeletal, ergonomics, occupational
health. Call us on (03) 9527 7532 or contact us here.
|By courtesy of the Australian Physiotherapy Association