Back and neck injuries

Postural rehabilitation

Back and neck pain is the number one cause of time off work for more Australians than any other condition. It requires a careful assessment of contributing factors to poor spinal health including change of postural habits or other unhealthy contributing factors.  Whether the discomfort is caused by repetitive movement, poor posture, stress or trauma, our physiotherapy consultation will effectively diagnose and treat the source of neck and back pain.

Poor postural habits contribute to most back and neck conditions.  Many people have poor posture, and it is important at any age to address these habits to reduce the current or future effects of pain associated with poor alignment. Most alarmingly, adolescents with poor posture may have not experienced pain. Addressing their poor habits now may avoid pain in the future. Developing good health posture habits early in life will help prevent damage to ligaments, muscles and joints.

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Postural rehabilitation

Poor postural habits contribute to most back and neck conditions.  Many people have poor posture, and it is important at any age to address these habits to reduce the current or future effects of pain associated with poor alignment. Most alarmingly, adolescents with poor posture may have not experienced pain. Addressing their poor habits now may avoid pain in the future. Developing good health posture habits early in life will help prevent damage to ligaments, muscles and joints.

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Patient at the physiotherapy making physical exercises with his therapist
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Assessment

As with all conditions managing postural abnormalities or problems begins with a thorough assessment.

You can expect the assessment phase of management to involve:

  • A thorough discussion of your regular postures at work and play and any symptoms that may be arising during those positions
  • Physical examination of the spine, postural control and flexibility
  • Discussion of the role of postural alignment and education as to how to begin to correct posture
  • An initial plan to begin treatment

 

Patient at the physiotherapy making physical exercises with his therapist

Treatment

Postural rehabilitation involves exercises. These may include exercises such as:

  • Stretching tight joints and muscles, like the hip flexors (hips), hamstrings, pectoral (chest) muscles and upper back.
  • Strengthening anti-gravity muscles around the shoulder blades, back, buttocks and abdomen.
  • Strengthening core muscles that hold good joint position under load (e.g. lifting) and reduce fatigue.
  • "Resetting" the brain's sense of normal position. Increasing postural awareness.
An attractive young lady performing a Pilates exercise with resistance from equipment.

Rehabilitation

Along with increasing awareness of posture, ongoing exercise programs are very important to address postural problems. Rehabilitation may include:

  • Clinical Pilates
  • Strength or resistance training
  • Stretching
  • Regular or consistent general exercise such as walking, swimming or cycling
  • Home based exercises
  • Attention to work place ergonomics and general postural awareness 

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