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How Physical Therapy Can Help Improve Posture and Eliminate Pain

- Friday, July 28, 2023
Ishitani Health Center

Physical therapy is a specialized healthcare profession focused on restoring and improving physical function and mobility. Fort Lee's Physical Therapist assesses an individual's posture, movement patterns, and musculoskeletal alignment to identify any imbalances or issues that may contribute to poor posture. They then develop a personalized treatment plan to address these concerns and help improve posture.

Here are some ways in which our physical therapy services can aid in improving posture:

Postural Assessment: Our Physical therapist here in Ishitani Health Center performs a thorough assessment of a person's posture, identifying areas of weakness, muscle imbalances, and alignment problems that may be contributing to poor posture.

Strengthening Weak Muscles: Weak muscles, especially in the core, back, and neck, can lead to slouching and poor posture. Physical therapists prescribe exercises to target these weak muscles and help strengthen them, which can lead to better posture.

Stretching Tight Muscles: Tight muscles, particularly in the chest, shoulders, and hips, can pull the body into positions that contribute to poor posture. Physical therapists use targeted stretching techniques to release tension in these muscles, allowing for better alignment.

Body Awareness and Education: Our Physical therapist educates individuals on proper body mechanics and ergonomics to maintain good posture during daily activities and work tasks.

Manual Therapy: They may use manual therapy techniques, such as joint mobilizations and soft tissue massage, to improve joint mobility and release tension in muscles that affect posture.

Postural Exercises: Specific exercises are prescribed to help individuals become more aware of their posture and maintain proper alignment throughout the day.

Home Exercise Programs: They often provide individuals with home exercise programs that allow them to continue their posture-improving exercises outside of therapy sessions.

Ergonomic Recommendations: They can offer advice on ergonomic modifications for workstations, chairs, and other equipment to support better posture during sedentary activities.

Lifestyle and Movement Modification: Our Physical therapist may provide guidance on making lifestyle changes and modifying movement patterns to prevent exacerbation of postural issues.

Working with a qualified physical therapist can be beneficial in identifying and addressing the specific factors contributing to poor posture, leading to better overall posture and reduced risk of associated pain or discomfort. Contact Ishitani Health Center today!