Postural syndrome, also known as postural dysfunction, is a condition in which poor posture leads to musculoskeletal pain, typically in the neck, shoulders, and back. It is a common cause of chronic pain and discomfort, especially in individuals who spend prolonged periods of time sitting or standing in one position.
The main cause of postural syndrome is poor posture, which can result from a variety of factors, including:
Prolonged sitting: Sitting for extended periods of time, especially in a slouched or hunched position, can lead to postural syndrome.
Prolonged standing: Standing for long periods of time, especially with poor posture, can also contribute to postural syndrome.
Repetitive motions: Repetitive movements, such as typing or using a computer mouse, can strain the muscles and lead to poor posture.
Poor workstation ergonomics: Poor workstation ergonomics, such as an improperly adjusted chair or computer screen, can lead to poor posture and postural syndrome.
Symptoms of postural syndrome typically include pain and discomfort in the neck, shoulders, and upper back, as well as headaches and fatigue. Treatment may involve postural exercises to strengthen weak muscles and improve posture, as well as education on proper ergonomics and body mechanics. In some cases, manual therapy, such as massage or joint mobilization, may also be helpful in relieving pain and improving mobility.
Here are some possible treatment options:
Postural exercises: A physiotherapist can provide exercises that focus on improving posture, strengthening weak muscles, and increasing flexibility. These exercises may include stretching, strengthening, and postural correction.
Manual therapy: Massage, joint mobilization, and other manual therapy techniques can be used to relieve muscle tension and improve joint mobility.
Ergonomic assessment: A healthcare professional can evaluate your workstation and provide recommendations for proper ergonomics, such as adjusting your chair or computer screen.
Education: Education on proper body mechanics and posture can help you avoid postural syndrome in the future. This may include learning proper lifting techniques and ways to maintain good posture while sitting, standing, or performing other activities.