Posture Correction.Posture correction is essential for the long term resolution of your back pain.
In all my years of experience of treating back and neck pain - I have found that if you do not first correct a clients posture, they will not have a full recovery from their back and neck pain.
Once I have eased my client of their pain, posture correction is the very next thing that we tackle together. Put simply, long-term resolution of back and neck pain relies on this correction.
Postural correction is both positional (obtaining the correct postions for YOUR particular body parts!) and strength-related (strengthening particular muscles to hold your positional posture).
Let's run through positional posture correction and strength-related postural work in turn:
A good chartered physiotherapist would be my person of choice to carry out posture analysis, and then devise and teach you a programme that will work for you - and then encourage you to see it through. However, being a Pilates instructor as well as a physio myself, I also believe that a good Pilates instructor will help you on your way (ideally a physical therapist who is also a pilates instructor is a REAL find!) If you run into any difficulty they will hopefully communicate with your physiotherapist as required.
So, Pilates is my programme of choice that I use for strength-related postural work. It is both safe and effective (see here for more about the difference between Yoga and Pilates). Having said that, people often ask me if going to the gym is any good for posture correction? The answer is probably no - as without the knowledge of what you are trying to correct - you may just strengthen old patterns of posture. And these are often the underlying cause of your pain.
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