Howard: Fix An Aching Back & Shoulders



Do you suffer from an aching back or painful shoulders? If so, your posture may be to blame. In order to move properly, your spine must be in good alignment, which

If your posture is poor in one or multiple areas, you may experience some of the following symptoms: • If your posture contains slouching of the mid-back – If you slouch the middle of your back, you can drive your head forward and alter the way your ribs naturally align. By doing this, you may experience pain in the slouched region of the mid-back, in addition to pain in the neck. If this is your average standing posture, it is important to seek help right away – over time, standing like this day after day may cause internal issues, as it creates pressure on your lungs, heart, and digestive system. • If your posture includes sitting for long periods of time – When you sit for prolonged periods of time, the muscles in your hips and legs will stiffen. When these muscles become stiff, they tighten and pull on the lower back, causing pain. The joints also lose their range of motion, which can cause soreness or achiness in the hips, legs, and back, which can create issues with your gait.

Roger Howard, CPO, Director

comes from having good posture. Sitting, slouching and leaning over a computer all day can place enormous stress on your spine and muscles, leading to pain. Your spine is made up of 29 segments, 24 of which have multiple joints that move in different directions. They all need to work properly in the correct alignment, in order to allow you to move in normal, pain free motion. Poor alignment in the spine can occur from weak abdominal and core muscles, arthritic changes in the joints of the spine, osteoporosis, disc problems, or injuries. When your spine is out of alignment, it affects the entire rest of your body.

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