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9 COMMON TYPES OF POOR/BAD POSTURE

05/31/2019 by Zahid Zaman

We see clients at our Pain & Mobility Clinic, Birmingham after they visit physiotherapists, chiropractors or rely on painkillers, braces and general exercises which fail to address their chronic pain.

The reason why is simple. They couldn’t help in the long-term because they focused on the symptoms, rather than the underling root cause. As a result, patients receive short-term relief but eventually the pain returns either in the same location or somewhere else.

Most if not all pain can be prevented if the practitioners/therapists understood one fundamental truth. Pain is the bodies way of telling you there is a serious problem, somewhere else in the body and the body must compensate for it. Over time the strain and pressure will be too much for the body to bare and the patient will have to live with chronic pain or worse end up in surgery. The good news is it doesn’t have to end up like this, a postural assessment will relieve the real culprits.

What is good posture

A healthy, functional, and pain-free body comes from proper alignment of joint position and function. The body is in alignment when all load-bearing joints (ankles, knees, hips, shoulders) line up horizontally and vertically. Where the ankles, knees, hips, spine, shoulders and head are stacked symmetrically on top of one another, and balanced left to right and front to back. With a natural s shaped spine. When the body is aligned, there is no pain because the correct muscles are moving the correct bones to their correct position. When the body is out of alignment pain persists.

Why you are in pain

It’s usually more complicated but this simple look will give you an idea of why other treatments are fundamentally flawed. It’s important to note that where you feel pain, is never the problem. And why focusing on the symptoms is never the answer.

It’s an injury to a single bone yet it creates 3 compensations. The compensations are a direct result of the bone moving in a direction the body cannot self-correct (i.e. forward). Since, there are no muscles pulling the bone back, the compensations cause midback pain, neck pain and headaches.

1 – A bone goes forward and the body becomes out of balance and falls forward to compensate

2 – The body pulls the spinal bones into extension, leaning backward to counterbalance the forward collapse, causing discomfort between the shoulder blades.

3 – The downward pressure forces the bone further forward.

4 – Another bone gets purposely pulled forward to relieve the pressure and pain below. This causes the head to pull forward, collapsing the chest and rolling shoulders forward.

5 – To compensate, the head and neck go into extension. This creates a stiff neck and squeezes the nerves at the base of the head causing neck pains, headaches, blurry vision and much more.

Common type of bad postures

During my time in the clinic, I’ve seen my fair share of good and bad postures which I will outline below. Understanding why posture is important and the negative effects it has on your body, health and performance can be seen in another blog post I’ve written: the negative impact poor posture has on your body.

If you can identify yourself with one of the following posture types, you will benefit from a full body assessment. If you are based in Birmingham, you can book your assessment at our Pain & Mobility Clinic, Birmingham here: FULL BODY ASSESSMENT. The different types of postural problems we see at the clinic are:

Kypholordosis

This is an exaggeration of the normal curves in the thoracic (upper) and the lumbar (lower) spine. This can cause weak neck, stomach, buttock and hamstring muscles.

Flat Back

The natural curves of the back are lost causing the spine to be flat. This may result in weak hip and back muscles and tight hamstring muscles.

Sway Back

This is a forward tilting of your pelvis and may cause weak hip, back, stomach and neck muscles. Your hamstrings may also be tight.

Round Shoulders

This creates a hunched posture and causes the upper back muscle to be stretched and weak and your pectoral muscles to become tight.

Lordosis

An exaggerated inward curve of the spine causing some muscles to become tight and some to become weak depending on the location of the lordosis.

Kyphosis

This is an exaggeration of the outward curves in the spine which causes a muscle imbalance in the surrounding area.

Leg Length Discrepancies

This is a difference in the overall measurements between the two leg lengths. True leg length is a difference in the actual lengths due a discrepancy in bone lengths. Apparent leg length is due to soft tissue shortening around the pelvis, legs and ankle that makes the leg length appear different.

Scoliosis

A sideways curve of the spine that may be corrected by strengthening the back muscles that support the spine.

Poking Chin Posture

This posture can result in neck pain and headaches due to the muscle imbalance and stiffness around these areas.

Remember: The real culprit of poor posture and pain is a bone in the body that has been pushed forward, where the body cannot self-correct it. This is because there are no muscles pulling the bone back to its natural place. When you visit a physiotherapist, they will focus on muscles, those that are tight and need stretching and those which are lose and need strengthen. If there is movement of bones in the body the treatment will fail.

If you decide to visit a chiropractor, depending on which chiropractic technique they will apply, will mean you either come home with 2 bones pushed forward (very bad) or you come home with the right bones pushed back. We at Pain & Mobility Clinic, Birmingham apply the latter technique called Advanced BioStructural Correction. By understanding that pain is a result of the body compensating for a bone that’s been pushed forward, we identify all the bones in your body which are out of alignment and bring them BACK into alignment again.

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