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At the Osteopathic Health Centre Chester we can help you recover from a host of conditions including; low back pain, neck pain, sports injuries, arthritis and muscle spasms.

We are conveniently placed for visitors coming to us from all parts of; Cheshire, Wirral, Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales, Chester, Christleton, Tattenhall, Tarporley, Malpas, Kelsall, Helsby, Frodsham, Hawarden, Great Sutton, Ellesmere Port, Queensferry, Hawarden, Flint, Wrexham.

Postural Problems

Poor posture can aggravate many cases of back or neck pain. The good news is that good posture can greatly improve or prevent back problems.


What is ‘good’ posture?

Posture refers to the position we take when sitting, standing, walking or when carrying out daily tasks.

The ideal spine is neither too straight nor too curved but has three gentle curves- cervical, thoracic and lumbar - which balance each other so that no single group of muscles has to work overtime to keep the body upright.

Good posture is surprisingly effortless and can even make you look taller and leaner. Try using the image of being suspended by a thread attached to the crown of your head to get the sense of length through your neck and spine.


Some common postural faults


  • Standing slouched with head dropped forwards, shoulders rounded and stomach and bottom sticking out.This posture can be responsible for neck pain and headaches as the muscles at the back of the neck become very tight. It can also cause pain in the lower back due to pressure on the facet joints at the bottom of the spine and in some cases will cause the nerve roots from the lumbar spine to become pinched resulting in sciatica.
  • Standing with one leg bent and the pelvis tipped to one side. The body aims to get the eyes and ears level so there will have to be a sideways curve through the spine to compensate for the tilted pelvis. Uneven levels of muscle tension will develop in the two sides of the body and this can underlie aches and pains in the back, shoulders or neck.
  • Sitting slouched while driving or at a desk with head poking forwards and shoulders tense. Our muscles are designed to contract and then relax so long periods in one position will lead to muscle fatigue, aching and tension. Poor seating and bad ergonomic desk lay-out will add to the chances of problems developing. Sitting with your legs crossed puts added pressure on your knees, hips and lower spine.



What can you do to help yourself?


  • Alternate positions and regularly remind yourself to lengthen your neck and relax your shoulders.
  • When driving take regular breaks, walk around and make sure your seat is adjusted to the most suitable driving position for you.
  • Consider whether your posture reflects an underlying emotional state such as depression which can cause people to hold tension in particular parts of the body. Sometimes improving posture can lead to feeling more positive about life in general.
  • Organise an ergonomic assessment of your working environment to ensure your desk and chair are positioned correctly and your computer and keyboard are at the right heights for you.
  • Spend 10 to 15 minutes a day in the Alexander Technique ‘semi supine’ position. Lie on your back on a carpeted floor with your feet flat on the floor and your knees bent. Support your head on a couple of books so that your head isn’t tilted back. Allow gravity, your body relaxing and the flatness of the floor to act together to unwind any tension in your spine.
  • Get an osteopath’s opinion of your posture! The way we each stand is so familiar to us that we are often unaware of our postural faults which we have spent a lifetime acquiring. The osteopaths at the Osteopathic Health Centre are trained and experienced at spotting postural faults and can give appropriate treatment and advice.