Have you ever been puzzled by pain with no clear cause? Or are you dealing with persistent posture issues and finding it hard to make lasting improvements?
Did you know that different parts of your body are connected, and what happens in one area can affect another? For example, injuring your ankle might hurt your knee or pelvis, and having a chronic bad posture in your back or neck might lead to pain in your shoulder.
Our physiotherapists use ‘Connect Therapy™’.
ConnectTherapy™ physio, developed by Canadian researcher and physiotherapist Dr Linda-Joy Lee, is a framework used to systematically assess your body as a whole. Not just the part that hurts.
What is Connect Therapy™?
Connect TherapyTM is a thorough approach that looks at you as a whole person. Why, you ask?
Consider this example: imagine being an enthusiastic netballer during your school days. One day, a harsh fall results in a sprained ankle. To stabilise the joints and shield ligaments during healing, your body tightens your foot and calf muscles. Although the ankle eventually feels fine, you resume netball without addressing the lingering tightness in your foot and calf muscles.
Now, your body may adapt to this tightness. Over time, you unconsciously adjust your movement patterns to compensate, altering the load on your knee and potentially causing your pelvis to twist. This adjustment might affect your posture in your back and neck. Even years after the initial fall, this scenario may lead to a postural imbalance, resulting in headaches or pain in your back, hips, or knees. Unfortunately, treating these areas may not offer long-term relief as they aren’t the root cause of the problem.
At Physionorth, we don’t just focus on your knee pain. With Connect Therapy™, our physiotherapists assess your whole body, considering physical, mental, and emotional health, for a comprehensive understanding of chronic postural imbalance and related symptoms.
The goal is to assess the root cause of your postural imbalance, offering you the best chance for lasting relief. Instead of just treating the surface symptoms, we dig deeper to understand why your posture might be causing you discomfort. Once we pinpoint the cause, your physiotherapist will create a personalised treatment plan for you. This means you’ll receive targeted interventions that address your unique needs to achieve more effective, longer-lasting results.
How to fix posture imbalance
We see many patients living with various symptoms related to postural issues.
For example, some common postural changes we see are flattened back posture or those who have developed a hump on the back of the neck.
Flat back posture, neck humps and other back humps are a perfect example of why considering the whole person and not just the area of injury or pain is so important. Often, this visible change is not isolated. Spinal changes may signify a deeper, underlying cause that demands a comprehensive approach to your assessment and care.
This is why just treating the hump itself might not be effective. We need to find the cause rather than just treat the problem.
So, how might your physio work with you to correct your posture imbalance using Connect Therapy™?
- Whole-Body Correction: Your physio doesn’t just focus on the area that hurts. They look at your entire body, recognising the connections between regions and systems. It’s about understanding how everything works together, not just the part causing pain.
- Movement Optimisation: your physio may work with you to correct and optimise how you move and then integrate those corrected movements into your daily functional movements. This aims to reduce the strain, pain, or discomfort you may be feeling related to your chronic postural challenges.
- Education and Empowerment: We want you to understand what’s happening in your body. That way, you can actively participate in the correction process and your postural health. Knowledge is power, and we’re here to empower you.
- Progressive Intervention: Your personalised treatment plan isn’t set and forgotten. Your physio is with you every step, closely monitoring your progress and adjusting your plan to suit your needs.
- Enhanced Body Awareness: Developing a heightened awareness of your body’s positioning and movement may form a key part of your treatment. Your physiotherapist will guide you in tuning into your body’s cues, helping you to improve your posture and reduce strain.
- Empathy and Support: Your healing isn’t just physical. Your physio will provide empathetic support throughout your journey. We aim to create a positive and encouraging environment for healing, ensuring you feel supported every step of the way.
How might Physionorth help?
We work with you towards sustainable, long-term improvements. By focusing on you as a whole person and recognising the complexity of postural imbalances, we strive to improve your overall well-being.
If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort related to chronic postural imbalance, or if you’d like to learn more about Connect Therapy™, please contact us.
All information is general and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Physionorth can consult with you to confirm if this treatment is right for you.
- Dr Linda-Joy Lee International (2024). ConnectTherapy™, https://ljlee.ca/teaching-models/connecttherapy/, [Accessed 31st January 2024].
- Physiopedia. (n.d.). Posture. https://www.physio-pedia.com/Posture, [Accessed 31st January 2024].
- Physiopedia. (n.d.) Neck Hump. https://www.physio-pedia.com/Neck_Hump, [Accessed 31st January 2024].