Postural pain is one of the most common conditions seen by physiotherapists.
Optimal posture involves maintaining trunk alignment to minimise the muscular effort required and requires the balanced activation of postural muscles.
We have 2 main types of skeletal muscle: our “movers” and our “stabilisers”.
The stabilises are our postural muscles and they work quite differently to our movers. Postural muscles work at low intensity over prolonged periods and require endurance in order not to fatigue. When postural muscles fatigue we tend to hang on our joints and ligaments and develop aches and pains associated with the resultant soft tissue strain. Poor postural habits weaken the endurance of these muscles, in turn making ideal posture harder to maintain, creating a vicious cycle. This leads to muscle imbalances with some muscle groups becoming short and tight and others long and weak.
Postural pain is commonly worse as the day goes on and better in the morning after rest. Sustained postures will trigger the pain and moving is often pain relieving.
Treatment is aimed at identifying and correcting poor postural habits and the associated muscle imbalances. Exercises are used to target the postural muscles emphasising endurance rather than strength.
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