Postural Pain & Stiffness

Postural pain and stiffness experienced in the back and neck is generally the result of adopting prolonged and unnatural postures that our bodies are not designed for – such as slouching at an office desk all day.

What causes it?

Bad posture can start to change the structure and related function of the body tissues as they adapt to the unnatural position that they have been forced to adopt. Adopting poor postures means the joints, ligaments, muscles and spinal discs are all put under increased pressure, causing pain and discomfort.

Muscles, tendons and ligaments change length and weaken, causing aches and pains, and the additional pressure put on the spinal discs can lead to further problems down the line.

How can it be treated?

Osteopaths will massage, stretch and mobilise the tissues and joints, restoring blood flow to them, enabling them to return to optimum health, alignment and function.

Osteopaths will also advise on exercises to help balance and strengthen the spine and may also recommend patients attend specialised exercise classes such as Pilates and yoga.