Thinking Straight

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Thinking Straight

In today’s fast paced world, poor posture is a common ailment. With these tips, you’ll be standing tall in no time.

The human body is not designed to sit for extended periods of time. Our ancestors spent most of their time on their feet, hunting for food and working to stay alive.

Research suggests that four in five adults will experience back-related pain during their lives. Given the modern human’s chair-bound lifestyle, coupled with increasing poor posture. It’s no wonder back pain is one of the most common causes of missed work, and the second most common for visiting a doctor.

First Aid.
‘The keystone to good health is optimal posture,’says Cape Town-based osteopath Dr Guy Ashburner. ‘Every mammal on the planet intuitively knows this, with the exception of modernised humans. ‘Postural awareness has become dormant in most people, resulting in dysfunctional health, spinal health and a host of other problems, including infertility. Are you sitting up straight yet?

‘Osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists treat the same conditions with different approaches,’ explains Dr Ashburner. These three practices help to re-mediate impairments and promote mobility of the body through examination, diagnosis and intervention, although osteopathic treatment is a form of alternative medicine and specifically focuses on the musculoskeletal system.

“With osteopathy, treatment may include fascial release, massage, joint mobilisation, stretching and cranial osteopathy to facilitate normal mobility of the musculoskeletal system,’ says Dr Ashburner. Before you head to your doctor, though, try these quick exercises for some of the most common posture-related problems.

Problem. Spinal Pain

Sitting slumped in front of a computer for hours every day is not natural. ‘This ultimately creates stiffness in the paraspinal muscles, which run the length of the spine,’ Dr Ashburner says. The result? Reduced mobilityof the spinal […]