Making healthy posture adjustments is a process, especially for individuals that have been practicing unhealthy postures for years. Not only does the body have to relearn how to position itself correctly, but the muscles, especially those that haven’t been working, also have to adjust. This takes time and is usually at the beginning of postural training that individuals want to give up. This is because of the discomfort and soreness that goes with reactivating the core muscles. This is why it is recommended to go through the process with chiropractic care. A chiropractic therapy team can relieve sore muscles, strengthen the body, and help individuals gradually develop and maintain a healthy posture.
Unhealthy postures shift the body out of balance, straining and stressing the muscles, especially those that have to work overtime every day. This causes the muscles to stiffen and tighten up to the point that they begin to pull the skeletal system in different directions, causing various symptoms that can lead to chronic conditions. Muscles can stay tight for years, with individuals getting used to the feeling. Individuals stretch out, thinking the muscles are loose but don’t realize that they return to their tight position because of the unhealthy muscle memory that developed.
- Muscle imbalances usually progress over time and are typically caused by daily habitual physical routines.
- This causes premature and advanced wear and tear on the body.
- Individuals all have positions they spend a lot of time in.
- Postural dysfunction begins with unhealthy positioning that shifts the spine and other joints out of balance and alignment.
- The muscles become compromised, which leads to various neuromusculoskeletal symptoms.
- The head either leans forward or backward.
- The knees are bent when standing or walking.
- The shoulders become rounded.
- A potbelly can begin to present.
- Back discomfort symptoms.
- Body aches, soreness, tightness, stiffness.
- Muscle fatigue and weakness occur from being overworked.
- Headaches can present throughout the day.
The muscles have become like tough meat, and the underlying imbalances are straining the neuromusculoskeletal system. The muscle tissues need to be broken up/tenderized and loosened up. Then they can be thoroughly stretched and strengthened to optimal health. Chiropractic care will identify and correct the underlying imbalance, and massage therapy will break up and release the compacted muscle tissue. A personalized treatment plan will consist of the following:
- Mobilizing the joints and stretching/releasing shortened tight muscles and soft tissues.
- Strengthening the elongated, weaker muscles to correct the body’s alignment and movement control.
- Health coaching to identify and recommend lifestyle and nutritional adjustments.
- This will restore the bio-mechanical systems, ensuring that equal muscle length and strength on both sides of the system joint or motion segment are maintained.
Posture Adjustments and Foot Orthotics
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