By Dr. Drew Voelsch
Subscribe to Dr. Drew’s Updates!
Schedule with Dr. Drew
Do you suffer from poor posture? You’re not alone. In fact, poor posture is a common problem that can lead to a variety of health problems.
While poor posture can be caused by several factors, including genetics, muscle imbalances, and tight muscles, it can also be the result of lifestyle choices, such as sitting for long periods or slouching.
Fortunately, there are several treatments that can help improve posture and alleviate the pain and health problems that can be caused by poor posture.
Here are five treatments that can help:
Exercise is one of the most effective treatments for improving posture. Regular exercise helps to strengthen the muscles responsible for maintaining good posture, such as the core, back, and shoulder muscles. Strengthening these muscles helps to reduce fatigue and discomfort associated with poor posture. Additionally, exercises such as stretching, yoga, and Pilates can help to improve flexibility and reduce muscle tension, which can further improve posture.
2. Posture Training
Posture training is a type of physical therapy that focuses on teaching individuals how to maintain good posture and correct their posture when it starts to slip. It can include exercises to strengthen the muscles responsible for posture, as well as education on proper posture and how to recognize when it is slipping. Posture training can help to reduce pain and discomfort associated with poor posture, as well as help to prevent further posture problems in the future.
3. Ergonomic Changes
Ergonomic changes are changes that are made to an individual’s work station or environment to make it more conducive to good posture. This can include changes to the chair, desk, or other furniture to ensure that it is properly adjusted for the individual’s body type and helps them maintain good posture. Additionally, ergonomic changes can include changes to the computer setup, such as adjusting the monitor height to ensure that the individual is not straining to look at the screen.
4. Pain Medication
Pain medication can be used to help manage the pain associated with poor posture. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be used to reduce inflammation and pain. Additionally, opioid medications can be used to help manage more severe pain. Pain medications should be used in conjunction with other treatments, such as exercise and posture training, to ensure that the underlying cause of the pain is addressed.
Surgery is a last resort for treating poor posture, as it is an invasive and expensive option. It is usually only recommended if poor posture is caused by a physical deformity or injury that cannot be corrected through other methods. Surgical interventions can include spinal fusion, spinal decompression, and spinal implants. While these procedures can help improve posture, they come with significant risks and should only be considered after other treatments have been exhausted. Additionally, surgery does not guarantee that posture will be completely corrected, and it may be necessary to use other treatments to help maintain the improved posture.
There are many different treatments that can help improve or correct postural dysfunction. Some common treatments include chiropractic care, physical therapy, and massage therapy. These treatments can help to improve range of motion, flexibility, and strength. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to correct a structural problem.
If you are suffering from postural dysfunction, it is important to seek out treatment. Consult with your doctor or a spine specialist to develop a treatment plan that is right for you. With the right treatment, you can improve your posture and quality of life.
If you’re interested in getting chiropractic treatments, Hawker Chiropractic is here to offer you only professional services for your mind, body, and soul. Set your appointment with us today!
“Dr Drew is upfront about what’s going on with your body. He helps work with you to achieve the goals that you as a patient want to set. I highly recommend him to those interested in chiropractic services.P.S Go Cyclones!”