Good posture is more important than many people realize. Left untreated, poor posture can cause chronic pain and reduced function in many areas of the body, including the back, neck, shoulders, arms, wrists, knees, and ankles. Poor posture also increases the risk of specific health issues, like acid reflux and digestive problems.
To correct bad posture, medical professionals begin by assessing and diagnosing the patient’s postural habits. Then, they provide education and training to help the patient change their activities as needed and create a more ergonomic workstation. Other therapies, like manual therapy, soft tissue massage, and chiropractic treatments, may also be used to relieve pain and stiffness related to poor posture.