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Incorrect Spinal Posture Pain and Treatment

 

Postural dysfunction is the result of poor posture over a prolonged period of time. Your head is approximately 8% of your body weight and for every one centimeter in front of your shoulders that it sits its relative weight increases by 1.5kg. Therefore forward head posture significantly increases the strain on your joints, ligaments and muscles. Poor posture during the following activities frequently contributes to this condition;

  • Office and computer use

  • Television watchingspinal posture

  • Sports involving prolonged bending forwards

 

 

Symptoms of Cervical Postural Dysfunction

The symptoms of postural dysfunction may include;

  • Dull ache or burn in the neck

  • Pain, tightness and/or stiffness of the upper back or shoulders

  • Pain which usually eases upon changing position

 

Self-care for cervical postural dysfunction

Suggestions for managing cervical dysfunction include;

  • Good posture

  • Avoiding sleeping with too many pillows, an unsupportive pillow, or your neck in a twisted position

  • Poor posture

  • Sedentary lifestyle

  • Excessive sitting, bending, slouching, lifting or activities with the shoulders forward

  • Poor ergonomic set-ups

  • Inappropriate pillow

  • Excessive use of laptops, computers, and/or mobiles

  • Poor core stability

  • Muscle weakness

  • Joint stiffness

  • Muscle tightness

  • Decreased muscular endurance

 

Types of Treatment for Cervical Postural Dysfunction

Physiotherapy is the ideal treatment for cervical postural dysfunction. Physiotherapy interventions may include;

  • Postural education and advice on activity modification

  • Postural retraining

  • Ergonomic office set up advice

  • Dry needling

  • Soft tissue massage

  • Joint mobilization