Every single person in Atlanta will deal with back pain at some point in their lives, and in many cases that back pain will be severe enough to take us away from the activities we need to complete.
There are many different issues that can contribute to back pain, including a lack of exercise, sitting for long periods of time, and poor lifting habits – especially for those that work in physically demanding jobs. Yet one of the greatest contributors to chronic back pain may be something you are doing at this very moment: sitting or standing with poor posture.
How Posture Leads to Back Pain
With more and more people working behind a desk, slouching while watching TV, or walking while staring at the ground, poor posture has become a common cause of chronic back pain. Something as simple as how you stand can affect the muscles in your back in a variety of ways, including:
- Spinal Stress – The longer your spine is not in alignment, the more pressure it receives. That pressure can create inflammation that leads to chronic back pain.
- Muscle Strain – Similarly, the muscles that hold the spine and back in place undergo a significant amount of strain when they are stretched to support a misaligned spine. The more you continue to hold poor posture, the more likely chronic inflammation and pain will take place.
Another issue is caused by how your body naturally adjusts to your poor posture. When you start to put that strain on your spine, your other muscles tend to overcompensate. Over time, you’ll find that you are walking differently, sitting differently, and even running differently – all of which can cause additional back strain.
Proper Posture for Avoiding Back Pain
If you have chronic back pain, adjusting your posture should be a priority. When sitting, your body weight should be evenly distributed between your hips, your back should be near straight – not 100% upright, but with a slight 10% bend. Your feet should both be flat on the floor and your shoulders should be relaxed. When standing, your body should be in a balanced and upright position, with your head balanced on your shoulders, your abdominal muscles engaged, and your weight evenly distributed across your legs.
If you have chronic back pain, your posture may be the cause. Contact Integrative Wellness Atlanta or call (678) 841-7055 today to learn more about how to control and prevent your back pain.