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What is postural syndrome (and can physical therapy treat it)?

What is postural syndrome (and can physical therapy treat it)?
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Postural syndrome, also known as “postural stress syndrome,” is a condition that occurs when an individual has maintained poor posture over an extended period of time.  There are a few different symptoms that show in patients with postural syndrome. Some of the symptoms include aching or burning pain, which can occur in the back and shoulders. Postural syndrome can be very painful. There is not any one single cause of postural syndrome; rather, it can be attributed to a combination of multiple factors at once. Some examples of these contributing factors include abdominal instability, muscle weakness, joint pain or stiffness, and a sedentary lifestyle.

How can postural stress syndrome symptoms be treated?

Some of the more complications that can result from postural stress syndrome can be more permanent, but for more acute cases of postural syndrome, this pain from this condition may be alleviated. If you work to consistently improve your condition, for example, by going to physical therapy for treatment, you can work toward long-term relief. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Actively improve your posture — One of the best things you can do is to be mindful of the way you sit, stand and walk. Your posture needs to be improved for your symptoms to even begin to improve. You can be mindful of your posture, but also work to build strength and flexibility.
  • Invest in good lumbar support — Research which kinds of lumbar support may be good for your lifestyle. For example, if you work at a desk all day, it would be helpful to purchase a chair with good lumbar support so that your symptoms can improve.
  • Go to physical therapy — Physical therapy is one of the best ways you can receive guided care to improve the state of your posture. Good posture is very important to maintain because poor posture can lead to a variety of related health conditions. Consulting with a physical therapist can get you a personalized treatment plan to correct your posture and help alleviate symptoms.

Alliance PTP is ready to help you find top-notch PT for your postural syndrome

At Alliance Physical Therapy Partners, we’re proudly bringing together physical therapy practices across the country to help people get the high-quality PT they need. Want to see a physical therapist in person? We can put you in touch with an Alliance PTP partner that’s close to you and that can help you address your postural syndrome.  Not keen on in-person PT sessions or not close to an Alliance PTP partner? No worries. We also offer effective and affordable virtual physical therapy through our Agile Virtual Physical Therapy platform.  Contact our team today so we can help you find the most effective physical therapy services for your injury or condition.

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