Posture and movement go hand in hand. Daily life, with its sedentary postures and repetitive or awkward movements, will eventually alter our tissues and ultimately change posture and movement. Changes in the tissue also greatly affect how muscles contract.
Let’s think about sitting: at the office, at home in front of the TV, or driving in the car. We do a lot of sitting! What muscles are we sitting on? The gluteus maximus for a start. Hamstrings and other muscles that are very important to overall posture and movement are also effected by sitting pressure. The pressure of our torso on the glutes and hamstrings causes a slowness in ability to contract normally. Many sources name this “gluteal amnesia.” Most of us have experienced this: our low back and hips feel stiff upon standing when we have been sitting for prolonged periods of time. The feeling eventually goes away and we are off and moving. However, recent studies show that those muscles are not firing fast enough, even though we don’t feel that. When muscles begin to change the way they fire, that changes posture and movement. Eventually, the stiffness after sitting takes longer to leave, discomfort settles in the low back, hips, knees, ankles, or elsewhere.
Posture and movement assessments are important to all of us, because they can specifically identify barriers of muscle recruitment. These assessments can speed up any present workout program goals, as assessments can identify which exercises your body needs and responds to best. Exercises and manual therapy can then be targeted to correct this. To discuss your issue and how we might be able to help resolve it quickly, please complete the form below.