What is the age of computers doing to our posture? We hear all this talk about sitting and how it’s affecting the way we move. Well, much of our work is done at the computer. This has streamlined our way of doing business and made communications easier; but what is it doing to our bodies? The body relies on upright posture to train our muscles to support our pelvis and spine as well as to support healthy breathing patterns. When we sit for long periods of time the muscles we rely on during our gait cycle, or our walking posture, become weakened and under-developed or restricted and tight.
When you go to see your therapist about low back pain, hamstring tightness, hip instability, forward head posture or weakened core stabilizers, you hear the terms pelvic tilt, restriction, compensated movement patterns, kyphosis, and lordosis. What does this all mean and how do we fix it? Rezilient’s proprietary full body stretch was designed to address all those problems through full body myofascial release stretching techniques.
Our pelvis is a dynamic structure we rely on to support our body weight and transfer movement from our core to our lower extremities. Sitting, without focus on these postural muscles, results in certain patterns that cause us to develop restrictions and compensations in our movement. Tight hamstrings, hip flexors, weakened glut medius and glut minimus are all factors that result in lower back pain and hip instability. As a result, when we spend long durations working at computers, hip flexor tightness, and hamstring tightness occur.
What Happens Over Time
As a result, over time, these muscles get shut down and result in postural compensation, pain and injury. External rotation tightness and internal rotation weakness causes a large variety of problems that result in the need for soft tissue treatments. But, being aware of these problems is the first step. Finding the right help is a whole other issue. People tend to go back-and-forth with certain treatment methods with undetermined resolution that results in frustration, continuous injury, and pain.
Myofascial stretching, soft tissue manipulation, and a combination of strengthening is what people tend to require to help resolve these issues. This takes time and diligence to make tissue adaptations that will result in pain free movement. Therefore, educating the neural pathways to make postural change is challenging but absolutely attainable. The pelvis is not the only structure that suffers from long-term sitting compensation. The spinal column, shoulder girdle and cervical region also take the brunt of this postural neglect. As our pelvis changes, our spine and shoulders compensate for these changes as well. A good stretching program and strengthening program is all one really needs to address these issues.
Where Can We Find Help?
So, this leads to the question: where can we find help? At Rezilient professional stretching, we have trained professionals that conduct a postural analysis at your first visit and assess tissue quality, pliability, and joint/movement restrictions through a full body myofascial stretch program. Therefore, during your first visit, our practitioners will have an understanding of the limitations and compensations your body has undergone through years of postural compensation. Our stretch program is uniquely designed to address all of these restrictions and free the body to move better and become pain free. The program also allows clients to be aware of the issues that their bodies undergo through posture compensation. By booking an appointment at Rezilient professional stretching, you are are one visit away from striding longer and walking taller. Be Rezilient!