“Posture therapy has done wonders for me and I’m now pain free for the first time in many years!” – Monica Hyllner, Consultant Anaesthetist, MD, PhD
What is good posture?
If I asked you to stand up, relax, and not think about your posture, then I would look to see if your ankles, knees, hips, spine, shoulders and head were stacked symmetrically on top of one another, both from the front and the side. Nobody is perfect, but the closer you are to this alignment, the stronger, the more stable, and the more efficient your body will function.
What can worsen your posture?
Your muscles keep your body in alignment and they need a variety of work to stay balanced and healthy. Our modern-day lifestyles rarely allow the diversity and frequency of movement that can keep this balance. Even from a young age, we spend so much time sitting at a desk at school, and many of us have desk jobs. All of this combined with injuries and other stressors can lead to misalignments in your posture.
How can your posture affect you?
You could feel unhappy with how you look or be in pain. Certain parts of your body might be compensating making them more prone to injury, wear and tear, and impingement. Often, the ‘unexplained’ source of many health conditions is that your body is out of alignment.
Modern day healthcare tends to focus on treating only the symptoms, rather than the underlying root causes. This often leads to costly, ineffective, and extreme measures being offered, which may not help at all, may help temporarily or may even make things worse!
What’s the solution?
As a Posture Specialist, I aim to target the root cause of the problem which is often poor posture. I give my clients tailor-made posture correction exercises which gently stretch and strengthen certain parts of their body to get them into better alignment. It’s not a quick fix, it does take time and effort, but it could help you end your current pain, feel more confident about how you look, and reduce your risk of future pain and injuries.