How to Truly Improve your Posture
Rounded shoulders, also known as "forward head posture," is a common condition that occurs when the shoulders roll forward and the head juts out in front of the body. This condition can cause a variety of problems, including back pain, neck pain, postural dysfunction and headaches. This condition has become increasingly common with the work from home movement as many people are working without a proper ergonomic setup. Fortunately, physiotherapy and chiropractic can be an effective way to correct rounded shoulders and improve overall posture.
The first step in correcting rounded shoulders is to identify the underlying cause. There are several potential causes of rounded shoulders, including poor posture, muscle imbalances, and chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis. Once the cause has been identified, our team of therapists can create a personalized treatment plan to address the issue. Some of the common culprits of rounded shoulders include:
- Handheld Devices
- Sustained Work Positions
- Poor Sleep Hygiene
One of the most effective ways to correct rounded shoulders is through a rehabilitation plan that targets the muscles that support the shoulders, scapula and upper back. These exercises help to strengthen the muscles that support our posture, which can help to pull the shoulders down and back.
Mobility is also an important aspect of physiotherapy for rounded shoulders. Tight muscles in the chest and upper back can pull the shoulders forward and contribute to poor posture. At Kinetic Edge, our chiropractors and physiotherapists use advanced techniques such as dry needling, active release, graston technique and adjustments to help release tension and improve mobility, which can help to improve posture and reduce pain.
Another important aspect of physiotherapy for rounded shoulders is to focus on proper ergonomics. This can include a proper workplace setup which reduces strain on the shoulders and upper back. A good workplace set up may include adjusting the height of your screen to eye level or using a lumbar support.
In conclusion, rounded shoulders and poor posture can cause a variety of problems, including back pain, neck pain, and headaches. At Kinetic Edge, our team of expert chiropractors and physiotherapists can create a customized treatment and rehabilitation program to correct rounded shoulders and improve overall posture. Through exercises, mobility, manual therapy, and other techniques, our therapists can help to strengthen the muscles that support the shoulders and upper back, release tension, reduce pain, and promote healing.