Making the Pain Posture Connection... a seldomly discussed topic in the wellness arena, but something that deserves attention and education.
How do I know if my pain is related to my posture? Most all of us are participating in dysfunctional habits that can severely alter the way our posture is aligned. When it is out of alignment, we will certainly feel pain and discomfort. When our body and our posture is in alignment, our muscles can hold us up against gravity, perform activities we love to do, and keep us tall and healthy all our lives.
Some giveaway cues that our posture is directly causing our pain or dysfunction are as follows. These key signals are telling you that you are heightening your risk of injury, and in danger of creating pain and imbalance later in life.
Cue #1: Your pain is idiopathic.
It seems to come and go, and doesn't necessarily follow a pattern in the times, activities or ways that it shows up. It seems to come out of nowhere, randomly, for no reason that makes sense. It becomes hard to identify the cause because of how sporadic it seems. f you have suffered no injuries to the area you're feeling pain in, or otherwise, and yet you're getting symptoms, chances are very high that your pain is related to your posture!
Cue# 2: It seems to come on when you're engaging in repetitive movements.
Now, repetitive movements themselves can cause pain and dysfunction, but with overuse and continual repetitive movements, you will begin to notice that your posture will change to accommodate for those movements. In time, this will become your new normal, and pain will follow, no doubt.
Cue #3: You get seemingly random tension headaches.
There are many potential causes of headaches, and posture cannot be pointed to as the be-all, end-all of headache causes, however... it is worthwhile to note that headaches unrelated to hereditary factors, injuries, or dehydration, could very well be caused by postural distortion. If you get headaches pretty frequently, with no known cause or reason, your posture can totally play a role in them. It's a good idea to have your posture checked out by the pros at True Balance Massage to see which type of postural distortion is causing your headaches. Oftentimes, it's simpler than you think, and even more simple to resolve.
Cue #4: Nothing seems to get rid of the pain for longer than a day or two.
If you have postural problems, it means your body has been creating patterns from the movement habits you have established for it. Your body will pretty much do whatever you tell it. And the old saying "neurons that fire together, wire together?" That applies to muscle nerves too! So, it follows that the more you're participating in these subconscious movement habits, the more ingrained they become, not only in your brain, but in your body. If you feel you have tried everything, heat, ice, stretching, strengthening, physical therapy, chiropractic care, spa-type massage, and other at home remedies with no lasting results, your posture is most likely the culprit.
Cue #5: It's been going on for as long as you can remember.
If you can't remember exactly how long the pain has been going on (like in the instance of an injury) and yet there is most certainly pain and discomfort happening, your pain is probably caused by your chronic behaviors, or, posture. Posture causes pain that kind of lingers in the background of your everyday life. It's there, you've become pretty accustomed to it, and you can manage it enough to get through the day. But it's always there. Posture pain patterns take a long time to form, and then sometimes they can be forced to the forefront of your mind when you injure yourself, and all of a sudden it's impossible to ignore. I work with many clients who come to me well after the pain has been a chronic issue, and yet something more drastic happened that set the body over the edge, and made the pain completely obvious and painful. This is incredibly common, and again, very easy to resolve and prevent in the future.
So there you have it. Five ways your posture is most likely the cause of your chronic (ongoing) pain. If you feel you have posture problems, or you know you're a desk-job sloucher, True Balance Massage has the sustainable answers you've been looking for. Using posture assessments to see where you are at, and how your positioning in space is affecting your balance in your body, we can discover so many great clues that will help us along your journey of long lasting healing. There's no posture problem that's exactly like any other, and your massage treatment here at True Balance Massage reflects that. You're given treatments you can handle, aftercare that works, and answers that make sense.
You leave our office, after every treatment, feeling empowered, educated, strong, and relaxed.
Call and schedule your massage with Erin today, and see how great you're MEANT to feel!