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Postural Dysfunction Physiotherapy: Symptoms & Treatment

Postural dysfunction is a common problem among people of all ages and can cause a range of physical symptoms including pain, stiffness, and decreased mobility. Physiotherapy interventions such as postural re-education and exercise prescription have been shown to be effective in improving postural alignment and reducing associated symptoms.

Postural dysfunction, often referred to as poor posture, is a common issue that can lead to pain and discomfort in various parts of the body. This article will explore the different types of postural disorders, their causes, symptoms, and how physiotherapy can help in treating postural pain.

What is Postural Dysfunction?

Postural dysfunction occurs when the body's natural alignment is disrupted, placing increased stress on the muscles, joints, and spine. This can lead to a wide range of neuro-musculoskeletal problems, including pain, muscle imbalance, and reduced mobility. Common postural defects include rounded shoulders, forward head posture, and excessive curvature of the spine.

Causes of Postural Dysfunction

The primary cause of postural dysfunction is muscle imbalance, which can result from various factors, such as:

  • Prolonged sitting or standing in unnatural positions
  • Inactivity and muscle weakness
  • Poor ergonomics in the workplace
  • Overuse of certain muscle groups due to repetitive tasks or sports activities
  • Injuries or medical conditions that affect muscle strength and flexibility
  • Symptoms of Postural Dysfunction

Some common symptoms of postural dysfunction include:

  • Chronic pain in the neck, shoulders, back, or other areas
  • Muscle fatigue and weakness
  • Joint stiffness or discomfort
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Limited range of motion
  • How Physiotherapy Can Help

Your Physiotherapist or Athletic Therapist can help you correct your posture before it leads to more pain and difficulty.  They can provide manual therapy to correct muscle tension and joint restriction, exercises to reinforce these things, and education regarding maintaining better posture in your lifestyle. Treatment and exercises will include retraining muscles to load properly while reducing the compensations and strains. Customized strengthening exercises and stretches will be prescribed to bring your body back to optimal alignment and function. A professional physiotherapist can help diagnose and treat postural dysfunction through various methods, including:

Postural assessment: A comprehensive evaluation of the patient's posture, muscle strength, flexibility, and movement patterns to identify any issues contributing to dysfunction.

Exercise prescription: A tailored program of corrective exercises to strengthen weak muscles, stretch tight muscles, and promote better body awareness and posture.

Manual therapy: Hands-on techniques to address joint restrictions, release muscle tension, and improve overall mobility.

Ergonomic and lifestyle advice: Recommendations for proper workplace setup, daily habits, and activity modifications to minimize postural stress and prevent further dysfunction.

Postural re-education: Teaching patients how to maintain an ideal posture during various activities, such as sitting, standing, and walking.

Contact Us For Help

Inertia Physio+ offers Kanata and Stittsville exceptional Physiotherapy, Athletic Therapy and Registered Massage Therapy with private treatment rooms, one on one care, a maximum of two patients per hour and treatment focused on the evidence-based practices of manual and exercise therapy. Don’t suffer any longer.  If you have pain or injury, our Kanata and Stittsville Physiotherapy, Athletic Therapy, and Registered Massage Therapy team is here to help you get back to living pain-free life and activities.  Please reach out to us at (613) 672-2200 or for an appointment today! You are also welcome to book online. We also offer direct billing on Physiotherapy and Massage Therapy services whenever your plan allows.


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