How The Flex Position Is Causing You Back Pain
When it comes to treating and preventing back pain, you probably already know that you need to make sure that your posture is decent, and that you are not slouching or spending too much time in any cramped or uncomfortable position for long periods of time throughout the day. While you may think that you are doing a good job keeping your posture upright, balanced, and healthy, the truth is that it is very easy for many of us to slip right into a bad posture without even realizing it, as I learned from an interesting article by How Cast.
This is mostly due to the world we live in these days. When you really start to think about how often we sit in unnatural positions, it begins to make sense that back pain is one of the top causes of visits to the doctor each and every year. We sit in cramped vehicles twice a day to commute to and from work, we spend our day at work sitting hunched in front of a computer, and we sit down at home in order to relax.
Chiropractors refer to this as the flex position, in which our spines are forced into unnatural positions for prolonged periods of time. As you can imagine, this leads to stress and strain on the back that causes inflammation, pain, and stiffness over time. Read on to learn more about just how often the flex position affects your spinal column, and how chiropractic care can help.
The spinal column is naturally meant to curve into an S shape. Unfortunately, thanks to the many bad habits we have learned to pick up thanks to poor ergonomic planning, many of our spines are actually contorted into a J shape, which is the result of years of pressure and strain placed upon our spinal columns. Standing up with poor posture, sitting down, leaning in front of a computer screen, and lifting heavy objects are just a few of the more common reasons why our spines are suffering from the flex position.
Over time, this can cause a degeneration of the soft tissues that surround the spine, and it can also increase levels of inflammation in these areas as well. If this is left untreated, damage to the spinal discs can occur. It is best to start focusing on your spine health sooner rather than later, and one of the best things you can do to keep your spine healthy is to see a doctor of chiropractic on a regular basis. Receiving chiropractic adjustments is a great way to prevent pain and muscle stiffness from taking root into your body in the future.