In real estate, location, location, location is key.At Superior Rehab, our mantra is posture, posture, posture.We’ve all heard it before:“sit up straight,” “stand up tall”, “don’t slouch!” etc.But what exactly does this mean, and why is it so crucial for optimal physical performance and healthy, pain-free living?
The body, like all machines, works best and most efficiently when things are in proper alignment. When normal spinal curves are maintained, tension in the surrounding muscles decreases and abnormal wear and tear of joints are minimized. In this efficient state, pain decreases and the body recovers from injury faster and stronger.This is the ideal state, but unfortunately, this is not the norm in today’s society but the exception.
One reason why achieving this ideal state of proper posture is not often realizedcan be traced back to the work of Czech physician Vladimir Janda.Dr. Janda identified a set of muscular syndromes, which, simply put, categorized specific patterns in the body where certain muscles are prone to weakness and others are prone to tightness. For example, low back muscles are commonly tight and lower abdominals are many times weak, causing an imbalance in the core. Another common example is when the pectorals in the chest region get tight and restricted while the muscles between the shoulder blades become inhibited and weak. These predictable patterns of muscle imbalances can make achieving and maintaining good postural alignment a difficult, if not impossible task, without help.This is where physical therapy comes in.
At Superior Rehab, we are trained to analyze movement patterns and identify these common muscle imbalances which may be causing functional problems and contributing to pain. These structural limitations are like “weak links” in the chain and can lead to pain and disability. Common problem areas we treat include the pelvic girdle, the shoulder girdle, the upper and lower neck regions, and the low back. Manual therapy to release and relax soft-tissues and muscles, joint mobilizations to improve flexibility and alignment of the spine, and specific therapeutic exercises targeting problem areas are all effective tools that our therapists may use to bring the body into balance and make achieving proper posture a reality.