Postural Alignment and PainFeb 28, 2023 09:31AM ● By Brenda Baxter
Poor posture alignment occurs when one or more body segments are not lined up. Several factors play a role in posture alignment, such as the day-to-day effects of gravity, injury, illness and/or genetics—a combination of these factors is quite common. As a result, muscle spasms and tension occur because that is how the body protects the vulnerable area. Prolonged muscle spasms can lead to muscle weakness over time and muscle tension can develop when a prolonged posture is held day after day, such as looking down at a phone/computer. The body finds ways to compensate for muscle spasms, weakness, tension and/or muscle group imbalances, which leads to pain.
Achieving good postural alignment takes time and consistency, because the body needs to learn a different pattern. It is important to address body segment alignment, muscle spasms and weakness in order to improve posture and decrease pain. Postural alignment keeps the body comfortable and allows for optimal movement during daily activities.
Brenda A. Baxter, LMT/PTA, is a certified holistic MLD practitioner and owner of The Balance, located at 2201 Forest Hill Dr., Ste. 9, in Harrisburg, specializing in stress and pain management and relaxation treatments. For more information, call 717-877-7533 or visit BalanceIsYours.com.