How many times did your mother tell you to “stop slouching” when you were growing up? While sitting up straight may be a sign of a well-mannered kid, good posture is also important towards your overall health. In fact, bad posture like slouching is a leading reason for chronic back pain in many adults.
The Posture and Back Pain Link
Posture refers to the way you hold your body. This can involve both static and dynamic posture, such as when you walk, sit, stand or even sleep. Unfortunately, bad posture habits, like leaning to one side, tilting your head forward or slumping your shoulders, can lead to excessive strain on your spine and the surrounding muscles and nerves if they go unchecked. If your poor posture continues for long periods of time, the overall shape of your spine can be altered, which limits the way your spine functions for the rest of your body.
Overall Health Issues Associated with Poor Posture
The consequences of bad posture don’t stop the back pain. The following setbacks have been linked to poor posture:
- Joint misalignment (knees and spine) and worsening arthritis
- Poor circulation (restricted blood flow, varicose veins)
- Fatigue (extra energy used to compensate)
- Poor breathing (limited diaphragm expansion)
- Heartburn/Poor Digestion
Diagnosing Poor Posture
At Manhattan Sports Therapy, we recognize the importance of diagnosing and correcting posture habits when treating chronic back pain. We also know that it is not always easy to detect your own posture mistakes. To this end, our clinic has invested in a modern technology called PostureScreen. This advanced app is used to analyze the posture of patients seeking improvement by identifying anatomical landmarks, posture displacements and areas susceptible to injury.
Think your posture could be contributing to your chronic pain? Schedule your visit with our team of experts at Manhattan Sports Therapy. While old habits are hard to break, we have the skill and knowledge it takes to help you establish better movement patters and reduce your back pain.