Is Bad Posture Causing Your Back Pain?

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Office woman sitting at her desk feeling her back pain

Office woman sitting at her desk feeling her back pain

 

Back pain – the dreaded condition that just doesn’t seem to go away. Unfortunately, your home remedies to relieving back pain may not be doing the trick. Back pain is irritating, but you must not get discouraged by incessant reoccurring issues. After tireless efforts, a positive mindset, and good intentions, it’s important to understand that your solution has by no means met a dead end. Everyone’s back pain will differ and not every method of relief will be applicable from one person to the next. There are many techniques designed to alleviate back pain, however the most ubiquitous solution all starts with taking a look at your posture. Correcting the way you position your back while you sit, stand, walk and sleep will provide immediate relief from the agitation you may be experiencing. Here is a little insight on how your posture may be causing chronic back pain.

What is Poor Posture?

Poor posture occurs when the spine is awkwardly positioned and overemphasizes its normal curvature. The spine has natural curves that help in the overall stabilization and movement of the body. Good posture is defined as a balanced, upright back that is attained when the spine is aligned and the joints are not bent or twisted. Bad posture bends or twists the vertebrae into an alignment that it isn’t accustomed to while pulling the associated joints and muscles with it. These stressful positions can produce immediate short-term chronic back pain and even long-term deformities such as back and shoulder slouching.

How Poor Posture Creates Back Pain

Poor posture is a direct cause of back pain due to the external actions that influence the negative anatomical changes within the body. The pain you experience results from the repeated constriction of blood vessels and nerves. Even though it could be a subconscious, unintentional action, your body can be forced into poor posture from any of the situations or environmental factors listed below.

  • Weak Core Stability
  • General Muscle Weakness
  • Lack of Knowledge on Posture
  • Muscle Tightness
  • Stressful Occupational Movement/Labor
  • Sedentary Lifestyle
  • Lack of Fitness
  • Poor Ergonomic Work-Stations (i.e. poor chair at a desk job)

In addition, the following will describe the traits that can result from prolonged bad posture:

  • Lordosis (Inward Arching of the Lower Back)
  • Kyphosis (Hunchback)
  • Protruding Stomach (i.e. Pot Belly)
  • Rounded Shoulders
  • Poor Circulation
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Poor Digestion

How to Correct Poor Posture

Poor posture is easy to correct, except some dedicated effort will be needed to train your body. Here are some of the best ways to improve everyday posture until it becomes second nature and visible improvements are seen.

Walk Tall

Remember to maintain good posture while you’re walking to avoid back pain. Prevent your shoulders from drooping too far forward and move with your head straight and evenly positioned with the spine. This will help remind yourself that good posture is necessary in all scenarios – you’ll look a little bit taller and more confident too!

Support Yourself While You Sit

We spend a lot of time sitting throughout the day typically because of a desk-job occupational lifestyle. Even while sitting, you’ll want to avoid slouching to a “comfortable” position to reach the computer at your desk. Sitting straight will not only make you feel better, but good posture will increase production by preventing you from dozing off or experiencing increased back pain in your chair. If you need a little extra support, reinforce your seat’s bottom and back with a pillow or thin cushion.

Relieve Your Back Pain Once and For All

Severe back pain has the capability to significantly affect your life and the activities you perform every day. When your condition begins to threaten your general well-being, it’s time to receive professional back pain treatment. JAG-ONE Physical Therapy is here to put you on a path to recovery. Our knowledge and deep understanding of the body allows us to create a unique treatment plan individualized just for you. The team at JAG-ONE Physical Therapy will address your concerns and answer any questions you may have for us. To learn more about us and the services we provide to patients throughout New Jersey and New York, contact a JAG-ONE Physical Therapy office near you and schedule an appointment today.