According to some statistics 85% of the U.S. population suffers from neck or back pain at some point in their lives and the second most common reason to see a physician is back pain. Some estimates that people are spending an average of 10 to even 15 hours per day at work, school, or even at home in a bad posture. In Hong Kong, one can only assume the statistics could be more alarming when you look and see all the mobile phone use and long working hours this busy city is known for.
Should we just accept the fact we will all succumb to bad posture and a lifetime of sore muscles and achy joints? It can be overwhelming all the advice we are given to address bad posture. Yoga? Massage? Physio? Chiropractors or stand up desks; what is the answer? There is no one form of exercise or treatment that will solve your problem. These modalities can give temporary relief but in order to solve the problem of bad posture it takes a re-education of your muscles in order to change your positional awareness from bad posture, to better posture and finally to a good posture.
Active isolated stretching and strengthening is a specific method of lengthening tight muscles and tissues while strengthening the ones not doing their job. This will enable you to sense your body better and allow you to self-correct as your muscles get used to their new and proper roles. Bad posture is truly a habit and once you understand your postural habit better, change can happen in a more dramatic way. Active isolated stretching and strengthening can be applied to a variety of conditions and people regardless of age. It fits in well with any physio, massage, or physician plan as a complement to these treatments.
Are you suffering due to bad posture and not enjoying life to it’s fullest? Contact Adrian at the Body Group for your postural assessment and care plan immediately!