How to fix bad posture?

bad posture

Is posture important?

There are different opinions out there regarding posture and whether or not it’s important for a healthy body. At inside we belong to the group of therapists that see posture as a fundamental element for health. The reason being, posture tells a story about the person, it shows us where the imbalances are in that body and points towards what joints and other structures are suffering increased amounts of load and strain. 


Posture is not to blame but to understand and decipher as it’s not the original cause of the problem but the visual result of it. Therefore by analysing it, posture is a great starting point to draw a pretty good idea of where a body needs help, which structures need releasing and which need strengthening. 


By correcting someone’s posture we are re-balancing that person’s body onto a more functional system. This system will be stronger, have less risk of injury, decreased amount of wear and tear and will perform better in sports. Imagine a robot with little tiny pieces, if a few of them are bent, the whole system starts malfunctioning and ultimately collapses. Similarly, when the joints are in a  more neutral position, the system works smoother and closer to optimal. 

Is posture important?

There are different opinions out there regarding posture and whether or not it’s important for a healthy body. At inside we belong to the group of therapists that see posture as a fundamental element for health. The reason being, posture tells a story about the person, it shows us where the imbalances are in that body and points towards what joints and other structures are suffering increased amounts of load and strain. 

 

Posture is not to blame but to understand and decipher as it’s not the original cause of the problem but the visual result of it. Therefore by analysing it, posture is a great starting point to draw a pretty good idea of where a body needs help, which structures need releasing and which need strengthening. 

 

By correcting someone’s posture we are re-balancing that person’s body onto a more functional system. This system will be stronger, have less risk of injury, decreased amount of wear and tear and will perform better in sports. Imagine a robot with little tiny pieces, if a few of them are bent, the whole system starts malfunctioning and ultimately collapses. Similarly, when the joints are in a  more neutral position, the system works smoother and closer to optimal. 

 

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What creates bad posture

Bad posture is a result of a combination of different factors, so yes, like almost everything in the body this doesn’t have a very simple black or white answer. It’s simple enough though. 

 

 

Bad posture happens as a result of 2 main factors: 

 

– Weakness in key structures or muscles. 

– Restrictions in certain structures or muscles. 

 

 

The reasons that cause weakness or restrictions to develop are multiple and we’ll not go there in this article but the end result can be simplified in these two factors. 

 

 

Weakness and restrictions combined together in endless possibilities and unique to each person (although they also form patterns of postural imbalances that are recognisable and similar in different people).

 

Special mention here for one of the most powerful tissues in our body when we talk about balance, alignment and functional movement: the fascia or myofascial tissue and the myofascial lines. These are lines of deeply and strongly connected muscle and fascial tissue. These lines are the same for every person and they allow us to identify and correct postural patterns. 

What creates bad posture

Bad posture is a result of a combination of different factors, so yes, like almost everything in the body this doesn’t have a very simple black or white answer. It’s simple enough though. 

 

 

Bad posture happens as a result of 2 main factors: 

 

– Weakness in key structures or muscles. 

– Restrictions in certain structures or muscles. 

 

 

The reasons that cause weakness or restrictions to develop are multiple and we’ll not go there in this article but the end result can be simplified in these two factors. 

 

 

Weakness and restrictions combined together in endless possibilities and unique to each person (although they also form patterns of postural imbalances that are recognisable and similar in different people).

 

Special mention here for one of the most powerful tissues in our body when we talk about balance, alignment and functional movement: the fascia or myofascial tissue and the myofascial lines. These are lines of deeply and strongly connected muscle and fascial tissue. These lines are the same for every person and they allow us to identify and correct postural patterns. 

So how to fix bad posture

If you read the two previous paragraphs you’ve probably already figured this out by yourself. You fix bad posture by releasing the restrictions and correcting the weakness. 

 

 

At inside, we choose a combined approach of myofascial release, trigger point therapy and advanced stretching between other to release. 

 

 

We use strength based and mobility based exercises to address the weakness. 

 

 

This combined approach is extremely effective to correct postural imbalances and also treat pain and injury, create change in the system and therefore long lasting results. 

 

 

It is true, correcting bad posture requires some effort on the patient’s end. Once you begin this journey though, the feeling of wellbeing you get will fuel that effort and motivate you to take your body to the next level. 

 

 

I can say by experience, nothing feels better than a healthier spine and a more functional body!

So how to fix bad posture...

If you read the two previous paragraphs you’ve probably already figured this out by yourself. You fix bad posture by releasing the restrictions and correcting the weakness. 

 

 

At inside, we choose a combined approach of myofascial release, trigger point therapy and advanced stretching between other to release. 

 

 

We use strength based and mobility based exercises to address the weakness. 

 

 

This combined approach is extremely effective to correct postural imbalances and also treat pain and injury, create change in the system and therefore long lasting results. 

 

 

It is true, correcting bad posture requires some effort on the patient’s end. Once you begin this journey though, the feeling of wellbeing you get will fuel that effort and motivate you to take your body to the next level. 

 

 

I can say by experience, nothing feels better than a healthy spine and a more functional body!