Do you have bad posture? Do you pay attention to your posture? If you do have back pain or neck pain, bad posture may be the cause of your pain. Bad posture can cause mild to severe back pain and neck pain. Using bad posture for years and decades can leave you with extreme pain in your neck and back. As technology increases and more people operate computers, we’ve seen a sharp rise in such cases. Learning proper posture will help you relieve back and neck pain.
As you can see in the chart, example A shows us the correct posture and stance we should have. The other three examples show bad posture. Correct posture is a simple but very important way to keep the many intricate structures in the back and spine healthy. It is much more than proper posture, good posture and back support are critical to reducing the incidence and levels of back pain and neck pain. Back support is especially important for patients who spend many hours sitting in an office chair or standing throughout the day. And as we’ve seen in recent years, these numbers are increasing in record numbers.
What Can Bad Posture Cause?
Bad posture can lead to a number of different problems over time. One may think that bad posture is no big deal, but that statement can’t be further from the truth. Not maintaining good posture and adequate back support can add strain to muscles and put stress on the spine. The spine is already stressed from everyday use, especially the lower back since it supports the upper body. Over time, the stress of poor posture can change the anatomical characteristics of the spine, leading to the possibility of constricted blood vessels and nerves, as well as problems with muscles, discs, and joints. All of these can be major contributors to back and neck pain, as well as headaches, fatigue, and possibly even concerns with major organs and breathing. This is exactly why you must seek treatment and correction immediately.
Using Good Posture
Practicing and developing good posture can save you a lot of pain now and later on down the road. Over the course of a day, we find ourselves in a number of different postures, standing, sitting, bending, lifting or lying down. You need to learn how to use correct posture during these activities. Most of us don’t pay attention to how we move, especially when we move from one position to another. The transition should be smooth. You need to start applying correct posture to your every day life. Eventually, it will become second nature.
Avoiding Bad Posture
Yes, you can avoid bad posture by paying close attention to your posture. For example, many of us sit in an office chair for hours on any given day. Refer to the chart below, this is a great example of good and bad sitting posture. Your back should be directly supported by the back of your chair. Sitting at a 90 degree angle or less is bad for your back and neck. In terms of posture, there’s a lot of bad chairs out there. You may need to change your office chair. I’d rather pay the money to change my office chair then deal with the pain of bad posture later down the road.
How many of you carry objects with one hand? Guilty? I know I am. Truth be told, carrying items with just one hand is bad posture. You should always use both hands when carrying heavy objects. What about holding your cell phone to your ears with your shoulders? This is another example of bad posture. Ladies, do you wear heels? Yes, another example that causes bad posture. All of these can be easily fixed by simply making corrections. It’s not difficult. It just takes practice. We often get into unhealthy routines without thinking. It becomes second nature and we don’t give it a second thought. Keep your posture in mind, you’ll be surprised how bad your posture really is. Make the proper adjustments and you’ll start seeing less pain.
Bad Posture While Lifting
Using improper lifting techniques can results in injury. How many of us lift objects off the floor without thinking twice about it? Most of us bend over at the waste without second thought, this is an improper lifting technique. Good posture teaches us that we need to bend over with our knees when picking up objects off the ground. Don’t use your back to lift up objects off the ground. What should you use? Good posture is using the legs and waist to lift the object off the ground. Some of you may consider using a belt or some other type of back support for lifting. When holding heavy objects with both hands, hold the object close to your chest as possible.
Conclusion On Bad Posture
One very important element of good posture is identifying what should be good posture. There’s no better place to correct your posture then a simple mirror. You can even do it right now. Chances are, you were slouching over. Straighten your back and neck, this is proper posture. If you have severe bad posture, you may even notice some pain when you correct your posture. It takes practice ladies and gentlemen. You can do it though and you can save yourself from a lot of pain.