Posture Analysis in Pikesville, MD
Unless we learned at an early age to sit, walk, and stand properly, most of us operate with some degree of incorrect posture. This could lead to aches and pains in back and neck muscles, a slouchy and unattractive appearance, and even low energy.
If you think you may be unnecessarily suffering from the effects of poor body alignment, Fidel Integrated Medical Solutions can help you. When you come into our office, we will perform a complete posture analysis so we can properly address the issues and determine a course of treatment. This analysis examines the angles, positions, and tilt of your head and neck, shoulders, torso, pelvis, and lower limbs.
Main causes of posture misalignment
A person can develop poor posture for a variety of reasons. They can be grouped into a few different categories: activities, physical conditions, and emotional well-being.
Examples of activities include athletics and occupational movements, especially those that require repetition, such as throwing a football with the same arm or bending over to perform factory work. Lack of movement while driving for a living or sitting at a computer in the same position for hours can also cause poor postural habits. Carrying heavy backpacks, lifting weights, and other acts like these may contribute to bad body alignment, too.
Physical conditions can be innate like scoliosis, where the person’s spinal column is misaligned, or acquired, like obesity and osteoarthritis, which can cause the cartilage in the joints to wear down.
Even your emotional state can create physiological problems that affect your postural alignment. It has been found that stress, grief, and depression alter a person’s muscle positions because of the chronic tension.
Benefits of body alignment analysis
Improving your posture can make a big difference in your health and appearance. However, good posture doesn’t always come naturally, especially after years of slouching, slumping, and working in positions that strain your muscles and stress your body. After your body alignment analysis, we will implement a treatment program to correct alignment, reverse patterns, improve posture, and relieve back pain.
Poor posture not only affects your back, but almost every part of your body, from head to toe and even your internal organs. A misaligned musculoskeletal system can cause neck aches and headaches, jaw pain, shoulder pain and impingement, golf and tennis elbow, wrist discomfort, upper and lower back pain—and that is just the upper body. In the lower part of the body, the knees, hips, ankles, and feet all can be negatively impacted by bad posture.
Your internal organs may be displaced. You may experience difficulty breathing because of misalignment restricting your rib cage and compressing your diaphragm. Your digestion could benefit from corrected posture, as well, and you might feel more energetic and productive following treatment.
Another benefit, of course, is an improved appearance. Your abdominal muscles will hold in your belly and your shoulders will be open, ridding you of a hunchback look.