Are you experiencing pain or stiffness in your upper back or low back? Have you taken pain killers? Are you regularly following stretching and strengthening regimes like yoga, gym? Are the symptoms still persistent? Then think before running off to do these exercises, let’s see what the studies have to say about the link between pain and posture. It is important to understand the real cause of these pains in order to treat them appropriately and prevent the development of long term disability.
There are many different causes and types of back pain. Some are due to obvious injuries or diseases of the spine, some experience due to pregnancy. However, by far the most common cause is poor posture and the
condition is called 'Postural Back Pain'.
Postural back pain and the following factors are interrelated:
- Maintaining awkward postures for prolong period of time
- Lack or excess exercise
- Nutritional imbalance
- Poor job satisfaction
- Competitive Education
- Stress and smoking
Poor posture puts unnatural, excessive and prolonged strain on the muscles, ligaments, discs and nerves of
the spine. The most significant feature of this pain is that there is no evidence of disease on x-rays or other tests and
therefore it is often misdiagnosed as imaginary, trivial, psychosomatic or 'all in the mind! If x- ray show some changes in curvature of spine we call it as Mechanical back pain.
Why Do We Need To Maintain a Good Posture?
There are 5 key benefits from maintaining a good posture:
- Facilitates breathing
- Increases concentration and thinking ability.
- Improve your image
- Make to feel better about yourself
- Avoid health complications
What Is Good Posture ?
Good posture does not mean to straighten your back by maintaining spinal curves in exaggerated way; just because of this your muscles will soon be fatigued. When you will start following right posture you will not give a single micro trauma to your spine. It simply means to keep your two “C” of spine into neutral way by maintaining your spine into S shape with tireless efforts:
- First C start from base of head till your shoulder and
- Second C starts from your mid back up to the tailbone.
Simple Tips to Follow in Daily Routine to avoid postural pain syndrome:
- Never forget to do warm up stretches prior and post activities
- Take frequent breathers or rest breaks
- Do the task differently or do a different tasks
- Involve yourself in some recreational activities