In many cases, instances of back, neck, and shoulder pain share a common culprit: poor posture. Even if the original source of pain is an injury or a deeper medical issue, it can make pain significantly worse than it needs to be if you slouch, bend from the shoulders, or commit any other kinetic no-no’s when sitting, standing, or moving about. If you struggle to maintain proper posture and are experiencing neck, shoulder, or back pain, here’s what you need to know.
The functionality of your neck depends on multiple muscles, all of which help you perform critical head motions. If your spine is out of alignment or you have poor posture, these muscles can become strained. If you spend a considerable amount of time reading, working a computer, or using a phone or other electronic device, be careful of slouching, which puts a great deal of pressure on your neck. If you are not careful to adjust your posture, the repeated strain may produce chronic pain.
Your shoulder is comprised of many different moving parts, any of which may be injured if you place unnecessary strain on them by exhibiting poor posture. You also set yourself up for injury when working out if you don’t use proper form while exercising, or if you perform intense physical activity involving shoulder muscles and have poor posture when you’re not at the gym.
Poor posture affects how your shoulder blade is positioned, how your shoulders cooperate, and how your arm is positioned as you perform different movements. If any of these are negatively altered, you will likely begin to experience pain. If you regularly exercise your shoulders, don’t ignore pain, as it could be a sign of a deeper problem and a precursor to injury.
This is one of the most obvious side effects of poor posture, and it’s one of the most limiting. You can alter the curvature of your back by sitting or standing improperly, creating painful discal pressure and straining the muscles on either side of your spine. By doing so, you set yourself up for chronic pain in the neck, back, and shoulders and can also experience weakened arms and legs, challenges with walking and running, lessened range of motion in the neck and back, and even gastrointestinal issues.
How to Avoid Injury and Pain from Poor Posture
If you already have neck, back, and shoulder issues, they will likely be exacerbated by poor posture. However, whether or not you have preexisting issues, be sure to avoid sitting with your shoulders forward and your chin out toward the screen, as well as bending over from the shoulders, pushing your chest or chin forward, and other forms of bad posture. Whether sitting or standing, monitor your posture by ensuring your ear, shoulder, and hips are stacked above one another.
Begin Your Recovery with Manhattan Sports Therapy Today
While it’s true that posture has a direct effect on the level of pain you experience in your back, neck, and shoulders, there are often other contributing factors that can’t be fixed by sitting up straight. Get in touch with a member of our team at Manhattan Sports Therapy right away if you are experiencing back, neck, or shoulder pain, and be sure to ask about getting a posture screening. At our clinic, we recognize the importance of identifying the root cause of pain and are committed to taking a personalized approach to every client and every injury.
Contact us to schedule your appointment or call us at (646) 798-1330 today.