We’re officially in the second half of January, many of you may be struggling to stick to your New Year’s resolutions already, you may be back at work with the aches and pains of everyday life creeping in. The causes? Stress, bad posture perhaps? You may be thinking, “it’s part of getting older” or “I’ll deal with it later” however, now’s the time to pay attention to your bad posture before it leads to injury. Bad posture is holding your body in a position that puts unnecessary stress and strain on your muscles and joints. Often slouching, holding our necks forward or heads down looking at a screen. Bad posture can cause aches and pains, headaches and tiredness – add on new years resolution fitness goals, and bad posture can quickly lead to injury by putting your body under additional strain.
What you can do to help bad posture?Be aware of the way you are sitting or standing. Acting on early warning signs before they get worse will lead to fixing the problem faster. A Posture Assessment carried out by a qualified physiotherapist will benefit you in the following ways
- Identify areas of weakness in your posture
- Identify the best exercises to get you stronger in the areas you need
- Reduce the chance of injury
What’s involved in a posture assessment?
- Full analysis of your standing and sitting posture as well as any particular activities that bring on your symptoms
- Comprehensive report on where your impairments are, and what particular injuries you are at risk of developing
- A list of the best exercises to improve these impairments as quickly as possible to get you on the road to maximising your new year’s resolutions.