BayStatePT_How Posture Affects Your Neck and Back

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INSIDE : • Simple Tips for Shoveling Snow • Improve Your Posture HOW POSTURE AFFECTS YOUR NECK & BACK YOU CAN BE FREE FROM PAIN THIS HOLIDAY Backandneckpainhaveseveralunderlyingcauses.Poorposture isacommon culprit,and thiscancausenegativechanges in thespine’sanatomyover time. It can affect the muscles, joints, and ligaments of the spine. Poor posture can have a lasting impact on your neck and back. The worse your posture is, the more intense your back and neck pain can become. Poor posture isn’tanything tobeembarrassedabout.Very fewpeoplehaveperfect posture, and most people have bad posture habits in one way or another. We become so wrapped up in whatever tasks we are doing that we forget to think about the way our bodies are positioned. If you are experiencing back or neck pain, your posture could be the cause. Contact Bay State Physical Therapy today to find relief. How Can I Tell if My Back or Neck Pain is Caused by Posture? It is true that there are several factors that can lead to back or neck pain, and posture is just one of many possibilities.There are certain ways that you can tell if neck or back pain may be a result of poor posture, including:

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• Pain that worsens at certain times of day. For example, after you’ve spent a day at the office or after a few hours on the couch. • Pain that frequently starts in your neck and moves into your upper and lower back. Pain that seems to travel from one area of the back to another is frequently an indication of posture strength or endurance issues. • Pain that subsides after switching positions, such as switching from sitting to standing or vice versa. • Pain that develops soon after a change in ergonomic structure, such as starting a new job with a new desk chair or getting a new car. If poor posture becomes a habit in your life, it is also likely that you will find standing or sitting with proper posture to be uncomfortable. This is because your muscles have grown accustomed to the slouching, and standing up straightwillrequiresomethoroughstretchingandstrengthening.However,that doesn’t mean it can’t be corrected – with physical therapy treatments, we can help improve your posture so you can sit and stand comfortably once again.

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