Do you ever experience tightness or pain in your neck, back and/or shoulders whenever you’re trying to focus at work, or on long drives? Don’t you wish that you could stop this discomfort? Well, it’s possible! This post will give you a better understanding of postural strains. We will also explore the possible causes of the stiffness and pain and how you can put an end to it.
What is a Postural Strain?
Postural strain is a term used to describe the strain that can be placed on your neck, shoulders and back when you assume a poor posture for a long period of time, or repeatedly over time. It can cause stiffness, tightness, aches or sharp pains and can even result in headaches.
This often occurs in desk workers, students and people who spend long periods of time driving. It doesn’t just affect people who spend a long time sitting, it can also affect people who are standing for prolonged amounts of time, such as cashiers.
It’s Not Just Your Posture that Contributes to a Postural Strain…
Your environment can also encourage poor posture. The height of your desk, your desk chair, the placement of your computer, keyboard and mouse, the position of your car seat or steering wheel are all factors that could be contributing to the postural strain.
How Can I Stop the Postural Strain?
-Take short but regular breaks from the task that causes the discomfor
-Improve awareness of your posture and regularly readjust it
-Adjust your desk, chair, computer position etc. if needed, to encourage a better posture. Have a chat with your Osteo; you may also benefit from an ergonomic assessment to identify what needs to be adjusted.
-Hands-on treatment (Osteopathy, massage etc.) can help to reduce stiffness and tightness
-Stretches and strengthening exercises can improve your posture
Now that you know what a postural strain is and how to stop it, you’ll soon be able to get things done without being distracted by pain and discomfort!
If you’d like more information about postural strains, treatment or an ergonomic assessment, book an appointment with one of our Osteopaths: