Does Posture Affect Back Pain

Clients in London, UK, often come to me with back pain. I can bring temporary relief, but ultimately they need to address their poor posture to get permanent relief. Your body was created to function with ease if you stand up straight or practice good posture when sitting. However, forcing your muscles and ligaments to keep you balanced when you slouch can bring tight muscles, excessive pressure on the discs and joints, back pain and headaches, as well as other physical problems. Your back has three natural curves and when good posture is maintained the perfect balance occurs that doesn’t cause stress, pull on the muscles or create pain.

Short term posture leads to aches and pains.

While your body tries to get your attention by bringing a host of aches and pains when you have poor posture, if you continue, it can bring even more health risk changes. Over the long term, these changes can create more serious problems. You overwork your muscles and that can cause inflammation. Inflammation, when consistent for long periods, leads to arthritis in the joints close to those muscles. It can cause disc pressure and disc bulging.

Poor posture can cause other health issues.

You may expect poor posture to create pain in the shoulders, back or neck, but did you also realize it can create poor circulation? Sitting posture can do that, especially if you’re sitting for an extended time. Poor posture can also impair lung functioning if you’re slouching, which can affect all body parts. Bad posture affects digestion by compressing your internal organs, not allowing them to process food properly. It can constrict nerves, misalign the spine and cause headaches and jaw pain.

Focus on correcting poor posture.

You can start by checking your own posture by looking at yourself in the mirror. Your palms should be facing your thigh with thumbs pointing straight ahead, rather than palms facing toward the back, which normally means you’re slouching. For sitting posture, you should be all the way back in your chair with your feet flat on the floor and your weight evenly on your buttocks. Stretching and other exercises can help relieve some of the pain and aid in correcting poor posture.

  • Take a note from cats and stretch frequently, particularly when you get up from a seated position. One stretch is putting hands in the small of the back and leaning backward and hold for a few seconds.
  • Some people with poor posture don’t have the muscle strength to maintain good posture. They need to lengthen some myo-fascia and shorten others. It takes time to do that, but with the right workout, it’s possible.
  • Sleep posture affects back pain. A body pillow can help keep the body aligned. It should be under the knees for back sleepers and between the knees for side sleepers.
  • Poor posture is a bad habit and like all habits, takes a while to correct. You’ll get help at the Tensegrity Coach. In fact, I’ll provide a free ebook to help you learn proper sitting posture.

For more information, contact us today at The Tensegrity Coach

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