Patients often assume maladaptive or non-ideal postures because of pain, prolonged work positions, weakness, and decreased flexibility or because of congenital or developmental deficits. These postures often lead to other problems, limit the ability of the patient to compensate, or perpetuate pain. As the physical therapist works on flexibility, strength, joint mobility, and pain sources, it is important to train the patient to hold themselves in more optimal positions. Good posture improves readiness to move, decreases the need to more muscle activity, and makes activities such as breathing more efficient. This can be a lengthy process and the patient may need to enlist the help of family members and also use outside reminders such as timers.
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