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Postural improvements are something most of us can benefit from. In our world of hand held devices, computers, prolonged sedentary work, long commutes, etc., we are spending more time than ever with less than optimal posture.

While posture is somewhat dynamic, depending on your activity, it is important to be able to develop postural awareness for your body. Physiotherapy can help by conducting a postural assessment, determining the structural influences affecting poor posture and implement strategies or treatment for creating positive changes in your posture. The education of environmental influences on postural alignment is key to creating improvements in posture.

Treatment techniques such as manual therapy, soft tissue release, massage and stretching are often used in conjunction to improve postural alignment. Improved postural alignment can reduce muscle and joint soreness, improve lung capacity, increase your range of motion, increase confidence and much more.

Michael Hales is a registered physiotherapist and owner of Halestorm Physiotherapy here at Body & Soul. To find out how physiotherapy can help you, visit www.halestorm.ca.

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