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Posture & Wonky Buildings!
Published on 08 December 2016 by Daniel Apostel, updated on 02 May 2017
Have you ever considered how much time you spend sitting?
If our body was a building, we would wish for it to have been built with strong foundations, level floors that are well supported by walls. It would all work in balance resulting in a stable and strong building able to cope with a wide variety of uses and environmental factors.
As human beings, we are similar, we have a structure which is made up of our skeleton, supported by ligaments, tendons and muscles. When they all work in harmony we have a strong and stable structure which moves efficiently and economically and copes with a wide variety of uses, also known as ‘life’! How we spend our day influences this structure or body and if you take a moment to think about it, so much of our life involves sitting or bending.
You bend over while putting your socks and shoes on, sit while driving or travelling to work, sit at work, sit to eat your diner, bend over while undressing and maybe if you have time, go to the gym where you sit down to do weights, cycle or row! That’s a lot of sitting isn’t it? Now ask yourself if while you’re sitting you tend to slouch, always lean to one side or cross your legs?
So when do you do the opposite actions to sitting or bending? In reality, it’s not half as much as we should or could and the result of this? A wonky building, also known as a body, experiencing stiffness, muscle tension, tiredness and sometimes even pain.
Improving our posture and habits takes time and sometimes we need some help with it.
One Stop Doctors are currently offering a free postural assessment, otherwise known as our free physio check. Why not come and see one of our specialist physiotherapists and let us help you work through ways to address the balance of poor posture. After all, if it was a wonky building that needed some structural advice and work, you would want to get it sorted wouldn’t you…
Book your free check today by calling 0800 852 1234.
By Daniel Apostel (Physiotherapist) & Amanda Marsh (Head of Physiotherapy and ESP Physiotherapist)