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2nd Quarter, 2010

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Posture Perfect
Poor posture can be a direct consequence of a modern lifestyle. Poor posture may add years to your appearance, cause pain, and it is likely that you may have poor posture and not know it unless a professional points it out.  The causes of poor posture include:

  • Habit: The unnatural postures of sitting at work (hunched over a computer), standing with uneven weight distribution, leaning forward with a rounded back tend to add up and cause a permanent, unnatural alignment of the spine.
  • Injury: If your back, neck, or shoulder muscles have been injured, you may find it challenging to sit up straight. Injury or weakness in certain muscles can force you to slouch due to pain.
  • Stress: Undergoing physical and/or mental stress can be exhausting on your body. Many people, when stressed, switch to shallow breathing which directly affects overall body posture.
  • Genetics: Unfortunately, poor posture can be passed from generation to generation.
  • Shoes: Wearing comfortable shoes is essential for most activities.

The truth is: overcoming poor posture can be challenging, especially if it’s been a long time in the making. If you experience aches and pains as a result of poor posture, a good starting point is to try and correct your posture one day at a time. At work, place a small reminder on your computer, desk, or workspace to keep you aware of your position, especially if you will be sitting for extended periods of time.

Success Stories

"As long as I can remember, I have always had knee issues, but never anything that would prevent me from participating in sports or just plain walking, until late last year. Being a very active person I was not only frustrated by not being able to walk without a limp or pain, but the severe pain was wearing me down mentally.

"After having knee x-rays and a MRI, my doctor told me that I had advanced osteoarthritis in both knees. The right knee was the major problem during the course of treatment and since we both agreed that surgery was not an option at that time, Physical Therapy was.

"From the moment I entered the facility and was greeted by a familiar face, I knew that Elite Therapy was the right decision for me. My Physical Therapist was professional, compassionate and very thorough. Presently my therapist is on maternity leave, so I have had the pleasure of seeing two other therapists. Both therapists were again not only professional and compassionate, but listened to my concerns. Each offered new ideas to my present program.

"Although I am not totally pain free, I can now walk without a limp and have been able to resume my workouts at a local gym. I am thrilled with the results thus far, which is very liberating! The high standards of excellence, knowledge and customer service far surpass any businesses that I have encountered in my lifetime. The entire Staff at Elite Physical Therapy is the best."

Caryn C. - Kansas City

Highlights

KC Royal David DeJesus performed Elite’s ‘7th Inning Stretch’ radio sponsorship. You can hear David just before the start of the bottom half of the 7th inning each game on the Royals Radio Network.

Construction Begins in July! Elite’s expansion will create a 7000 square foot facility with 16 private treatment suites.

Congratulations!

Not all physical therapy practices are the same! Skill level, education, specialization, and quality of care can vary tremendously from one practice to the next. World Class Care is available for you right here in the KC Metro! Contact us at Elite!

Tips & Tricks

Although postural correction can be challenging, it canbe done. The following tips can help to pull your body out of those positions, and get you back on track.

  1. Pull Your Stomach Up and In: This starts the process of setting your core musculature to promote healthy posture
  2. Stand Tall: Instead of thinking about overcorrecting your slouched shoulders by creating a “military” type posture, try to elongate your body towards the ceiling. This will enhance your cervical spine, shoulders, and core.
  3. Keep Your Weight Distributed Evenly: Instead of resting your weight on one leg, try to keep your weight 50/50 when standing.
  4. Tuck Your Chin: Along the same lines as Standing Tall, slightly nod your chin while standing or sitting. This will help to set your spine in a solid position.
  5. Set Reminders: Place small stickers (preferably colorful) on your laptop, TV, dashboard, and wherever else you spend time. Each time you glance at a sticker, think about tips 1 through 4.