In the age of technology, when many of us spend the majority of our days seated at a computer, daily postural habits are increasingly cited as the root cause of back pain. Poor posture can throw your spine out of alignment and place pressure on nerves, inducing pain. However, sitting up straighter while you work is not enough to offset posture-induced back pain.
Have you ever stopped to consider what holds your body in an upright position? It is not your bones, although they do provide a rigid framework, much like the frame of a tent. Rather, it is your muscles pulling against your bones, much like the support lines of a tent, that hold the framework in place. If one or more of the support lines provides too much or too little tension, the frame becomes lopsided, and the tent may even collapse altogether.
When you sit for long hours, day after day, with suboptimal posture, some muscles become tight while others become stretched, making them lax. Over time, you create ongoing imbalances that throw your entire skeletal framework out of alignment, placing pressure on neural bodies and producing pain.
It may seem logical to think that since poor posture created your back pain, improved posture can fix it. However, it is not that simple. Improved daily posture may help ease your back pain and keep it from getting worse, but it is not enough to eliminate it.
In addition to sitting up straighter, there are a number of positive changes you can make to your daily routine to help ease posture-induced back pain:
Fortunately, muscle tightness and weakness can be corrected in ways that take pressure off joints and nerves, and enable your body to move with more fluidity. A balanced exercise program that includes walking or running, muscle strengthening and stretching can help restore optimal muscle tension that promotes good posture and eliminates pain.
A posture-friendly exercise program includes:
Your physical therapist can create an individualized weekly exercise routine that promotes healthy posture and relieves muscle tightness and imbalances.
The physical therapy team at NYDNR understands the important role of posture in alleviating back pain. From gait analysis and retraining, to chiropractic care, to exercise programming, we have a drug-free, non-invasive solution for your posture-induced back pain. Contact us today to see why NYDNR is the best rehab clinic in NYC.