Shoulders, Back and Knees

Sore neck? Aching lower back? Tight chest? Feel like your body is constantly breaking down for no reason? A Postural Assessment may be your answer

Are you a slumper?  Chances are if you do a quick body check while you’re reading this you’ll find your posture may be less than ideal – with your shoulders rounded forward, upper back curled into something like a large ‘C’ and that it’s topped off by your head moving forward to another post code.

Good posture is about more than standing up straight so you can look your best.

Our posture affects us in so many unexpected ways.  You probably are aware of the benefits that ‘sitting up straight’ helps reduce certain overuse injuries, ongoing neck or back pain, but are you aware that a strong posture gives you a more firm conviction and beliefs in your thoughts?  Or that an uplifted posture improves your decision making? Perhaps another unexpected link is how posture effects breathing patterns, which can be associated with increased feelings of anxiety and fatigue.

As our posture slowly changes over time we get changes in our bony alignment and muscle integrity. When these structures are then placed under load, they are more easily susceptible to breaking down and therefore our chance of injury is increased.

Effects of poor posture can be:

  • Increased susceptibility to injury,
  • reduced sporting and exercise performance,
  • alters how we look
  • Cause neck, shoulder, and back pain
  • Misalign your musculoskeletal system
  • Increased pressure on the spine, making it more prone to injury and degeneration
  • Decreased flexibility
  • Affect how well joints move
  • Affect balance and increase risk of falling
  • Make it harder to digest food
  • Make it harder to breathe
  • Contributing factor in low back pain, some studies have shown that improved posture and postural control can have a positive effect on pain.
  • Increase pain from prior injuries
  • Affect mood and energy levels

A postural assessment will help to optimise your ability to function through the day, reduce pain and niggles and increase performance in sport or daily life.

If you feel a posture assessment might be something you would like to know more about, whether you sit all day in an office, are an elite athlete and anywhere in between, contact us below to make an appointment

Common Knee Injuries

Most knee injuries occur as a result of twisting. Knee ligaments in the joint become stressed when the foot is planted on the ground and an out of sorts twist from the hip occurs. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) plays a big role in knee function and as a result is most commonly injured.

It’s commonly injured in sports such as netball, snow sports or football due to the twisting action involved. There are several smaller knee ligaments that can also be involved in knee sprains – Even the meniscus (cartilage) can play a role. Minor sprains can take a couple of weeks to settle down with larger sprains taking 6-9 months to completely heal. If you hear an audible pop or have immediate swelling around the knee, you need to seek immediate medical advice.

Common Ankle Injuries

Ankle injuries usually involve a sudden unexpected loss of balance that results in a sharp twist of the ankle where the foot turns in or out. There are a number of common injury types including Achilles tears, stress fractures, and ankle sprains.

An ankle sprain occurs when the strong connective tissue that connects one bone to another (ligaments) are overstretched and damaged.

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