Life is a struggle against gravity. It wants to pull us down, and sometimes we struggle to lift ourselves up again. We can get stuck, and we stoop or get rounded shoulders.
Present even in children, the tendency to sag a bit is insidious.
Sometimes posture problems resolve with time, or exercise. More often the problem doesn’t get better properly and just get gradually worse.
But now for the good news!
Just as you can get worse, so you can get better. With the right analysis, treatment and advice, the vast majority of postural issues can be improved. It can be hard or impossible with just exercises, but treatment plus exercise plus lifestyle means real improvement is not just possible, but the simple logical outcome of steadily moving in a better direction.
We've already dealt with some of the common causes such as strain. However, let’s dive in a little deeper to see how Osteopathic care provides a safe solution for:
This is something your mother warned you about. Gradually we curl forwards and our shoulders narrow. Often associated with static lifestyles.
The spine twists under the strain it is under, and you just can't figure out how to straighten it out again.
Here your mid back bends forwards, so your neck has to go back to compensate - the result, stiffness and you get shorter!
An Osteopath will only use their hands and brain to skilfully and logically assess your problem. Is it part of your makeup? How stuck is it? How did it get to be this way? We train for many years to feel what is normal and what is in trouble, and Osteopathy is a fantastic method for getting your body back in tip-top shape again. Here is a before and after photo so you know change is possible with our treatment and advice!
We don’t use machines or ask you to do endless exercises that you find difficult and don’t help. We just get your body working properly by aligning everything, and getting the parts talking to each other. Treatment is typically very gentle and relaxing. Lengthening and straightening comes naturally without drugs or surgery.
This means you can be well in a truly natural way, by in the end the miracle of your body healing itself.