Is Your Bad Posture Causing Your Back Pain?

We see you sitting there at your desk, hunched over getting some solid work done. So many of us slave over computers during our work days, crunching numbers or writing reports, causing too many Americans to sit for far too long these days. This slouching can lead to some serious health issues in our futures, one of the most immediate among them being, back pain.

You may not feel it at first, but back pain due to inactivity or poor posture is a slow creep. And the stresses over time can actually lead to anatomical changes in your spine in the long run! These changes in the spine can cause obstructions in blood flow, or nerve pinching, while also contributing to sore muscles, and disk or joint damage – with all signs pointing to, you guessed it, back pain.

So, is your bad posture causing your back pain? The short answer is, probably, but there are some questions you can ask yourself to see if the specific pain you might be feeling is actually caused by slouching:

Is the pain worse at certain times of the day?
Does it start in your neck, and move down to your upper, then lower back?
Does the pain subside when you change positions?

If you answered yes to the above questions, there’s a good chance that your poor posture is leading to the back pain you are experiencing. But not all hope is lost! If you have a desk job, causing you to sit for long hours during the day, there are some things you can try to amend the wrongs you’ve done to your poor back during the day. After all, it stands to reason, that if poor posture caused your pain, then good posture and other remedies can also resolve it!

Walk tall. Eyes forward. Shoulders back. This is a great place to start. Just because you sit, doesn’t mean you can’t work on your posture when standing or walking. Also, pay attention to your posture when sitting. Make sure you have proper back support that guides your shoulders up and back, while also trying to keep your knees level with your hips and your head over your shoulders. It’s a lot to think about but can provide tremendous relief if you stick to it. Another back saving tip to remember is when lifting, try to keep your back straight, allowing your knees and legs to do the heavy lifting for you. Pay attention to what doesn’t feel great and when – and discuss your observations with a medical professional or better yet, chiropractor.

Optimize your health by improving your body and mind with spinal alignment. Adjustments can clear nerve blockage and promote healthy blood flow to the body, soothing aches from stress commonly residing in the neck and back. Call Sunrise Body Revival Chiropractic at 813.769.9258 or contact us to schedule your appointment, and start feeling better today.