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Can poor posture cause back pain?

Turns out mom was right when she told you to stand up straight a lot as a kid! Your spine is strong and stable when you practice good posture. But, slouching, slumping, and other types of poor posture can cause muscle tension, as well as back pain, joint pain, and reduced circulation. Poor posture can even lead to breathing issues and fatigue.

There are a lot of reasons you might have poor posture, such as stress, weight gain, pregnancy, weak postural muscles, tight muscles, previous injuries, low confidence, or a history of wearing high-heeled shoes or heavy backpacks.

Abnormal posture causes stress loads to multiply due to gravity. This increase in stress loads speeds up joint and spinal degeneration. It also increases risk of disc herniation.

Signs of bad posture are when the head is shifted forward, the shoulders are rounded forward, or there’s an increased curve in the mid and lower back, which in turn leads to increased stress to the hips, knees and ankles.

Did you know that forward head posture decreases respiratory function?

Decreased respiratory function can lead to:

  • Slower healing time
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Impaired cognition
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Headaches
  • Cardiovascular disease

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommend the following general tips for improving posture:

  • Be aware of posture during everyday activities, such as walking, watching television, and doing chores.
  • Stay active by taking part in regular exercise, involving cardio, strength training, or stretching.
  • Maintain a healthy weight, as extra weight can weaken the abdominal muscles and put stress on the joints and ligaments.
  • Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes that have arch support. High-heeled shoes alter a person’s center of gravity, which can put more stress on the muscles and joints, especially in the knees.
  • Position desks and tables at the correct height if using them for working or eating.

How can a chiropractor help with fixing bad posture?

Basically, good posture can help you avoid injury and back pain. In addition, carrying yourself straight can keep your organs healthy and fight the physical signs of aging.

A chiropractor can give you an initial assessment to help determine the root cause of your posture problems. You can then expect a customized treatment plan including specific spinal adjustments, as well as movements to help reduce tension in the surrounding muscles, getting you in the best position for good posture. Deliberate exercises, stretches and muscle relaxation will help give overactive muscles a break, easing some of the tension that causes bad posture.

In conclusion, fixing bad posture is not just about standing up straight. Whether it’s caused by injury, stress, or anything in between, it takes a professional to help you get into the right place.

Visit Glen Rock Spine & Rehab

Glen Rock Spine & Rehab is a state-of-the-art pain management center led by Dr. Michael Lagana, one of the most talented chiropractors in New Jersey. We use the latest diagnostic techniques to trace the root cause of your musculoskeletal problems and curate the ideal chiropractic plan accordingly.

We also combine chiropractic care at Glen Rock with numerous other therapies, such as acupuncture, physical therapy, and cold laser therapy, to encourage optimal healing and recovery. If you want to address the root cause of your chronic pain without relying on surgeries or narcotics, please schedule an appointment at our medical center in Glen Rock, NJ.

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