Did you know that there are four natural curves in the healthy human spine and that physiotherapy can help with the achievement and maintenance of these? The human spine is made up of a sacral kyphosis, a lumbar lordosis, a thoracic kyphosis and a cervical lordosis. Each of these natural curves in the spine contribute to us having a good standing and upright posture.
The most common postural deviation from this normal is an excessive thoracic kyphosis, this results in a rounded shoulder and “chin-poke” type posture. It’s extremely common in professionals who work long days at computer screens and can result in the development of the unsightly dowager’s hump.
“People underestimate the damage that poor posture can do to the natural curves of the spine. Sitting at a desk for in excess of 8 hours certainly takes its toll day after day. However relatively simple stretching advice and the taking of general aerobic exercise in the evening’s after work such as walking, swimming and jogging, are all effective measures in counteracting the effects of the dreaded desk work environment.”
The four natural curves of the spine are in a backwards to frontwards plane. Deviations laterally to the side can occur in the spine and are called scoliosis. A scoliosis may be associated with pain or may not be, in the event where it’s pain free it is left untreated. A scoliosis is the only curve that we might attempt to change with therapy. More often we’re concerned with maintaining the other natural curves.
So sit upright with your shoulders back and limit the impact of your desk space work environment on those nice curves!