Bad Posture and Back Pain

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You probably fall into one of two categories; you have bad posture due to back pain, or you have back pain due to bad posture.  While it seems this may be a catch-22 situation, there are some remedies to alleviate some of the problem, but the best time to correct posture is during youth.  The first recommendation is to make sure there are no back abnormalities causing the back pain and/or bad posture.  Once you are sure your spine is structurally sound, then you can move on to helping ease the pain.

What causes bad posture/back pain?

Postural habits start early in life and will continue into adulthood.  Getting out of the habit of bad posture is not as easy as learning good posture from the start.  A change of activity level can lead to bad posture.  Fatigue is one of the leading reasons for poor posture.  The skeletal structure needs support, and tired muscles cannot do a sufficient job of that.  Sometimes, bad posture is more pronounced in one position than other.  For example, your sitting posture may be worse than your walking posture.  Your standing posture may be worse than your sitting posture, and so on. Slouching, of course, increases bad posture and also strains the muscles of the back, which can cause both upper and lower back pain.

Preventing back pain from poor posture:

There are proper positioning techniques for sitting, standing and walking. It would be a great asset to your back to learn and employ them.  Teach your children good posture habits.  Sitting up straight, not slouching may sound like your Grandmother’s advice, but she was right!  Try to get as much movement as possible into your day.  If you sit at a computer all day, try to take breaks to get up and stretch, as well as relax the back muscles.  If you spend long hours standing, try to do some walking, or sitting whenever possible. 

Treatment for back pain due to poor posture:

There are several treatment options available.  Chiropractic help and physical therapy are the most common and practical treatments.  Pain medications should be used sparingly and only in extreme situations.  Your back pain will improve once you start improving your posture.

Recommendations for bad posture back pain:

Correcting your posture would bring a swift end to your back pain; however one does not learn to do that all at once.  Bad habits are hard to break.  Martial arts and yoga are practices that many swear by to help posture and alleviate pain.  Learn to sit, stand and walk in the correct positions.  Pain is a symptom of the poor posture, once you correct the posture, the pain is gone.  Poor posture puts extreme pressure and tension on back muscles, which causes the pain in the first place.  So, sit up straight, and say goodbye to back pain!

 

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