Improper alignment of the body can cause both pain and injury. When a body is in proper alignment, it has proper posture, meaning the skeleton supports the body weight as it is intended. Muscles then provide balance and stability. Poor habits, a bad working position, repetitive work and lack of muscular strength can all lead to postural distortion.
When the body moves out of alignment, the skeleton is no longer supporting the body and the muscles have to do most of the work. This is okay for short periods of time, but should not be sustained over longer time frames. Extended stress can cause the muscles to become exhausted and painful. It is not only the muscles which are stressed, but also the bones and joints, which can lead to pain and injury.
One of the most common postural distortions is the slumped posture. The head is moved forward and the shoulders are internally rotated. It is usually caused by work that we do, including working on a computer, sitting at a desk, reading and writing.
When postural problems are severe, massage therapy can help, and should be combined with stretching exercises that the client can perform on a regular basis. Stretching exercises can help to lengthen the shortened muscles and focus on weakened muscles.
Becoming aware of postural distortion and working to correct misalignments will bring relief and less pain, but also can protect joints and bones from premature failure and the postural problems which can be a natural part of the aging process.
We are holding a Correcting Postural Distortions Class on November 7, 2016 from 1pm-7:30pm. This class will taught by Ed Portley, LMT. Students will learn how to assess for various postural distortions such as forward head flexion, rounded shoulders, anterior tilt of the pelvis, downward tilt of the scapula and more. Learn how to correctly evaluate and treat these manifestations of soft tissue disturbances and understand the muscles involved, as well as the techniques to use to correct these distortions. Register Online!