SportAndSpineTherapyOfMarin_Resolution: Stand Tall

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JANUARY 2019

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Remember back when your mother used to tellyou that ifyouwouldn’tstophunchingyour shoulders, they’d be stuck that way forever? An idle threat, one that barely anyone took seriously. Yet, fast forward a few decades and it turns out that mom might have been on to something, after all. A poor habit of bad posture can have a lasting impactonyourneckandback.Theworseyour posture is, the more intense your back and neckpaincanbecome.Unfortunately,onceyou start experiencing neck and back pain, simply squaringyourshoulders isn’t likelytobemuch help.Workingwithaphysicaltherapistcanhelp youtotrainthemuscles inyourback,neckand shoulderssothatyoucan improveyourposture permanently,and indoingsobringrelieftoyour chronic neck and back pain. The Posture and Pain Connection Notallbackpain iscausedbypoorposture,and it istruethatyoucanhavepoorpostureforyears withoutfeelingtheconsequencesofthatslouch

rightaway,but intimethehabit is likelytocatch upwithyou.Therearecertainwaysthatyoucan tell if neck or back pain may be a result of poor posture, including: • The pain in your back is worsened at certain times of day. For example, after you’ve spent a day at the office, or after a few hours on the couch. • The pain frequently starts in your neck and moves into your upper and lower back. Pain thatseemstotravelfromoneareaoftheback toanother isfrequentlyan indicationofposture concerns. •Thepainwillsubsideafterswitchingpositions, such as switching from sitting to standing or vice versa. • Back or neck pain that develops soon after a change in circumstances, such as starting a new job with a new desk chair, or getting a new car.

After years of practicing poor posture, your back,shoulderandneckmuscleswilllikelyfind standing or sitting with straight posture to be uncomfortable. This is because your muscles have grown accustomed to the slouching, and standingupstraightwillrequiresomethorough stretchingandstrengthening.Thatdoesn’tmean that once you have bad posture you can never correct it. Working with a physical therapist to improve yourposture isagreatwaytoovercomechronic neck and back pain. In physical therapy, you will be guided through a series of stretches and strength building exercises that can help you begin training your body to practice better posture, thereby reducing your back and neck pain. We can help you achieve a pain-free life! Contact us today (San Anselmo: 415-457- 4454 or Novato: 415-898-1311) or visit us at www.sstmarin.com.

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