Now that we looked at the most common tight muscles, let’s take a look at the most common weak muscles that counterbalance these tight ones. The most common weak muscles.
Believe it or not, the glute muscles or your butt muscles, are one of the most common muscles that get weak. Again, it usually stems from improper or too much sitting, not enough activity or not isolating out these muscles when strength training or doing an exercise routine.
The hip flexor muscles, as alluded to in the prior paragraph, tend to get tight and shortened. This puts the glute muscles in a mechanical disadvantage, which then makes your pelvis and your butt stick out, which rounds your upper back.
It arches your lower back, but can also extend your neck.
Similarly, the abdominal muscles also get a pension to being weak because of the hip flexor pull and the lower back tightness. This then causes an excessive lower back arching, and again, rounding of the thoracic spine.
Muscles that commonly combat the rounding of the spine are your parascapular and thoracic extensor muscles. These muscles consist of your middle and lower trap and rhomboid muscles, in addition to your thoracic spinal extensors.
These muscles are usually very, very weak and will cause the upper back to round and result in abnormal aberrant posture, which can result in pain and stiffness.
Similarly, the deep cervical neck flexors which combat the suboccipital muscles, tend to get weak. The longissimus capitis and Longus colli muscles are the deep neck flexor muscles that run on the front part of the spine.
When weak, it makes sure that your head protrudes forward, which can then put increased stress and strain on the neck and even limit rotation of your neck muscles because the suboccipital muscles are so tight. Someone who has a forward head posture can also get chronic intention neck headaches.
How A Doctor Of Physical Therapy Can Improve Your Posture Faster?
A doctor of physical therapy, maybe your best choice and boost the chance to improve your posture. They can pinpoint exactly which muscles are tight and which ones are weak. They can also mobilize your spine, hips, or even your neck, to improve the mobility of your neck from the poor posture, limiting the motion.
They can also speed up your posture correction process by working on the tight muscles by releasing them with their hands, with specific techniques. A doctor of physical therapy may be your best chance to improve your posture once and for all.
If you’re serious about improving your posture, and you want to get rid of your pain and stiffness, call our office today at (239) 223-0484 or click here to learn all the different ways that physical therapists can help you.