How’s Your Posture?
By: Sanjay Sarkar, PhD; Jane Pederson, MD; Meghan Coleman, DC
Healthy posture is an important aspect of overall wellness. Postural imbalances can be associated with a myriad of problems such as decreased mobility, pain, and changes in equilibrium which can lead to increased risk of falls.
In this webinar, we will discuss the importance of good posture, and some of the associated conditions, (including shoulder pain which in 2000 accounted for $7 billion in care.) We will help you to recognize some of the common postural patterns associated with aging, and will discuss some techniques to help you prevent and improve postural imbalances.
- Discuss importance of postural awareness
- Understand and identify optimum posture
- Recognize and avoid poor posture
- Understand some of the conditions associated with postural imbalances
- Develop and recommend postural care
From Left to Right: Sanjay Sarkar, Jane Pederson, and Meghan Coleman
Sanjay Sarkar, MPT, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Doctoral of Physical Therapy program, Concordia University. Dr. Sarkar’s research interests are the effects of aging, injury, disease, and therapeutic interventions on the structure and function of the shoulder.
Jane Pederson, MD, Chief Medical Quality Officer for Stratis Health. She provides leadership and clinical guidance to Stratis Health’s initiatives across healthcare settings. Dr. Pederson is board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics.
Meghan Coleman, DC, Assistant Professor at Metropolitan State University, is a healthcare professional, educator, and advocate for older adult quality of life. Dr. Coleman is a governor’s appointee on the Minnesota Board on Aging.
Research and Related Articles
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- Prins, Y., Crous, L., & Louw, Q. A. (2008). A systematic review of posture and psychosocial factors as contributors to upper quadrant musculoskeletal pain in children and adolescents. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 24(4), 221-242.
- Sarkar, S.; Ludewig, P. M. (2014). Comparison of 3D shoulder kinematics, thoracic posture and shoulder strength between asymptomatic elderly and young population. https://conservancy.umn.edu/bitstream/handle/11299/168302/Sarkar_umn_0130E_15247.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
- Meislin, R. J., Sperling, J. W., & Stitik, T. P. (2005). Persistent shoulder pain: Epidemiology, pathophysiology, and diagnosis. American Journal of Orthopedics (Belle Mead, N.J.), 34(12 Suppl), 5-9.