How Improving Your Posture Can Eliminate Back Pain

Didn’t your mom nag you to sit up straight or not to slouch? Are you a serial sloucher?

 If yes,  then there is a chance that you feel tired, stiff, and have shoulder pain at the end of the day. This tired, achy feeling can be traced right back to your posture.

Ignoring advice on good posture can lead to chronic neck, shoulder, and back pain. You may overlook the discomfort for a while, but the body manifests its way of getting attention.

However, the good thing is there are techniques and physical therapy through which you can improve your posture and help relieve this discomfort.

Read this post to learn how posture helps with eliminating back pain and how to improve it.

The importance of good posture

Correct posture is important to your overall health and offers a variety of benefits, like reduced back pain, increased energy, and greater confidence.

Not maintaining good posture and inadequate back support can strain your muscles and stress your spine.

Over time, poor posture leads to the possibility of constricted blood vessels and nerves. It also strains your joints, muscles, and ligaments and weakens many core muscles needed to keep you upright and healthy.

Correcting or improving your posture is always possible, especially if it’s contributing to one or more health problems.

Practicing excellent posture with your physical therapist’s guidance is one way to reduce your back pain.

Five benefits of good posture also helpful in eliminating back pain

Prevent harmful changes to your spine’s anatomy.

A good posture saves your joints and muscles from pressure. This results in better circulation and range of motion. Also, it prevents your spine from becoming fixed in an abnormal position.

If your usual posture is hunched or slouchy, it changes how your spine grows and is sometimes hard to reverse.

Stronger back and core muscles

Your posture depends on your muscles and bones.

It takes the core, back, and chest muscles to sit and stand upright. A stronger back and core increases your stability and balance and provides a foundation for body movement.

Even though there are tons of exercises to help you improve your core muscle strength, practicing proper posture is one of the overlooked yet best ways to help tone muscles.

Improves flexibility

If you’ve been struggling with poor posture for a long time, you might have trouble with movement, sitting, and standing.

You can correct that by training yourself to maintain an upright posture. It may take some time, but it improves flexibility and range of motion.

Prevent injuries

Back pain isn’t the only problem you face from poor posture. But proper posture helps put less stress on your wrist, elbow, and shoulder.

Thus practicing healthy posture while exercising or being active minimizes the risk of painful injuries and possible bone dislocations.

Reduces joint wear and tear

Poor posture can unnecessarily force your joints and accelerate the wear and tear in your hips and knees.

Maintaining an upright posture can save you from that force and help your joints function optimally for many years.

Tips for improving your posture for back pain relief

Here are some small tips that can help in the long term to prevent and relieve your back pain

  • If you are working on your monitor, keep it ahead at eye level.
  • Switch sitting positions often.
  • Take short walks.
  • Keep your shoulders relaxed by resting your forearms and elbows on a table.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes that have arch support.
  • Try exercises like shoulder blade exercises or shoulder girdle exercises, bridges, planks, child’s pose, etc., to strengthen muscles to improve your posture.

Enliven Ortho & Spinal Wellness Centre- Here to help you

Improving your posture doesn’t have to be a strenuous task. With the proper guidance, you can get things back in order quickly!

If you think bad posture is causing neck, shoulder or back pain, contact Enliven Ortho & Spinal Wellness Centre to schedule your initial appointment.

Our physical therapy team will help you access the relief you deserve.

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