Many individuals experience the negative consequences of poor posture yet fail to address the underlying causes of their issue. Postural dysfunction, or “poor” posture, is defined as when the spine is positioned in unnatural positions, in which the curves are emphasised, and this results in the joints, muscles, and vertebrae being in stressful positions. NDIS Physio understands that this prolonged poor positioning results in a build-up of pressure on these tissues.

Painful conditions associated with poor posture are so common that most people have some firsthand knowledge of these problems. Low back pain is the most frequent complaint, but research shows neck, shoulder, and arm pain has become increasingly widespread because of postural dysfunction. Foot and knee problems are also becoming more common due to the emphasis on running and fitness.

Symptoms of postural dysfunction may include painful and visible symptoms.

NDIS Physio: Painful Symptoms From Bad Posture

Body aches and pains including upper or lower back pain, neck, shoulder, and arm pain. Lower limb pain including leg and hip, knee or ankle pain. Muscle fatigue. Headaches due to a build-up of tension in the upper back, neck and shoulders.

Visible Symptoms:


    • Poor posture: Slouching, rounded shoulders, hunchback, tilting head forward, bent knees

    • Good posture: Balanced upright posture, with a straight line from the ear to the shoulder to the hip

    • Poor posture: Shoulder blades excessively back, arching of the low back, locked knees, pot belly.

NDIS Physio: Contributing Factors To Postural Dysfunction


    • Lack of education or awareness of correct posture

    • Sedentary lifestyle

    • Occupational demands

    • Joint stiffness

    • Decreased fitness

    • Muscle weakness

    • Muscle tightness

    • Poor core stability

    • Poor ergonomic work-stations

    • Physiotherapy Treatment of Bad Posture:

Physiotherapy treatment may significantly help to minimize, if not eliminate, postural dysfunction.

Most patients will experience decreased pain once their posture is corrected.

NDIS Physio Treatment May Include:

Assessment and diagnosis of postural habits:


    • Postural education and training

    • Manual therapy and soft tissue massage

    • Dry needling

    • Postural taping

    • Electrotherapy

    • Joint mobilization

    • Corrective exercises and movements to improve flexibility, strength, and posture

    • Activity modification advice

    • Advice regarding ergonomic workstations

    • Pilates exercises

Do any of the above problems or symptoms sound familiar to you? Are you experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above? Don’t suffer from bad posture any longer. You can stop the negative effects today by visiting one of our physiotherapists who can help you achieve good posture. Book an appointment with us today and stop wasting time slouching over your desk at work!N