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Posture, Posture, Posture!

Dr. Fiebert’s words still ring in my ears, “Having your patients understand how posture influences their condition is one of the keys to successful treatment!”
For years I have tried to find ways to remind patients to stand up straight.  Poor posture, leading to muscle imbalance, can result in neck, arm, leg or back pain.  This may be accompanied by numbness or tingling.  Injuries, poor sleeping postures, and repetitive activities may generate pain.  In our sedentary society, sitting for too long can also be a source of pain.
To treat this discomfort we first perform a muscle imbalance evaluation to identify the tight or weak muscles. We then construct a treatment plan which consists of strengthening some muscle groups and stretching others.  With progress, a general exercise program that focuses on maintaining good posture is implemented. 
However, even when patients attend to their posture, they frequently do not maintain the proper stance because they are uncomfortable  doing so or unable.  When I position a patient in a correct standing, they will sometimes feel like they are going to fall over.  The body has to be trained to keep itself in this new position and accept it as normal. 
Recently, I’ve received a device from http://www.iposture.com/ which addresses this problem. It is very light and about the size of a a quarter. It adheres to your chest or can be worn as a necklace. Once you slouch for greater than one minute the device will vibrate on your chest and remind you to stand up straight.
I’m sure that this gadget will be a great help to my patients, and I know that Dr. Fiebert would heartily agree.

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann is a premier physical therapist based out of Bergen County, New Jersey. He holds an MS in physical therapy from the University of Miami, is credentialed in the world-renowned McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), and holds an OCS (Orthopedic Clinical Specialist) certification. As of 2018, there are approximately 14,000 ABPTS certified specialists in the nation and less than 400 of them are located in the state of New Jersey. Tom is the owner and director of Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus. He opened the clinic, which specializes in spine and sports injury prevention, in 2004 after many years of experience in the field. Tom’s caring interest in others and his strong belief in continuity of care, combined with his clinic’s ability to find solutions for the most difficult orthopedic problems, have earned Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation its excellent reputation with patients and medical professionals in northeastern New Jersey and beyond. A true “family man,” Tom takes pride in his clinic’s warm and welcoming environment.
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