Posture: The Cause of Your Back Pain?
By Sara Butler
Your posture says a lot about you. It can tell people if you're confident, if you're tired, if you're happy, or if you're sad. But did you know that your posture can actually cause you pain? The American Chiropractic Association states that a majority of Americans, about 80 percent, will experience back pain in their lives. It turns out that one of the main causes of avoidable back and neck pain is your posture. The chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic want to help you understand just how much your posture can impact your health. Here's what you need to know.
The Importance of Posture
For people who don't live very active lives, posture can become a problem. Think about it: Sitting at a desk all day, working at a computer, and then going home to watch your favorite television show before bed leads to a lot of sitting and a lot of sitting has been shown to impact posture. If you don't take precautions needed to improve your posture, then that can lead to pain caused by issues such as spinal degeneration and other conditions.
Is Your Posture the Problem?
So, how do you know if your posture is to blame for your back pain? There are some telltale indicators that can help you figure it out, such as:
- Pain that is worse during certain times of the day
- Pain that begins suddenly after getting a new piece of furniture, a new office chair, or a new car
- Pain that begins in your neck and travels down your spine gradually
- Pain that began not too long after becoming sedentary
- Pain that can be relieved by changing your position such as from sitting to standing or during light exercise
Prevention is Key
The chiropractors at The Joint know that the best course of action is to take steps from letting the pain start at all. But if it's too late for that, then it's time to get to the chiropractor for an evaluation of your posture as well as your pain. You can also work on your own time to be more conscious of how much time you spend sitting each day and investing in ergonomic solutions, such as a new chair or keyboard, that can help you have better posture. Making sure to take frequent breaks is also key, so take a small break at least once per hour to get up, move around, and maybe do a few light stretches.
If you have questions about your posture, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint today!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Colo.