PT Of Melissa: How Posture Affects Back Pain

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HOW POSTURE AFFECTS BACK & NECK PAIN Move Freely Again Without Any Pain!

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• The pain 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 concerns. • The pain will subside after switching positions, such as switching from sitting to standing or vice versa. • Back or neck pain that develops soon after a change in circumstances, such as starting a new job with a new desk chair, or getting a new car. Afteryearsofpracticingpoorposture,yourback,shoulderandneckmuscles will likely find standing or sitting with straight posture to be uncomfortable. This is because your muscles have grown accustomed to the slouching, andstandingupstraightwill requiresome thoroughstretching.Thatdoesn’t mean that once you have bad posture you can never correct it.

Remember back when your mother used to tell you that if you wouldn’t stop hunching your shoulders, they’d be stuck that way forever? An idle threat, one that barely anyone took seriously. Yet, fast forward a few decades and it turns out that mom might have been on to something, after all. A poor habit of bad posture can have a lasting impact on your neck and back. The worse your posture is, the more intense your back and neck pain canbecome.Unfortunately,onceyoustartexperiencingneckandbackpain, simply squaring your shoulders isn’t likely to be much help. Working with a physical therapist can help you to train the muscles in your back, neck and shoulders so that you can improve your posture permanently, and in doing so bring relief to your chronic neck and back pain. The Posture and Pain Connection Not all back pain is caused by poor posture, and it is true that you can have poor posture for years without feeling the consequences of that slouch right away, but in time the habit is likely to catch up with you. There are certain ways that you can tell if neck or back pain may be a result of poor posture, including: • Thepain inyourback isworsenedatcertain timesofday.  Forexample, after you’ve spent a day at the office, or after a few hours on the couch.

Call 972-837-4450 today to find out how your physical therapist can help you improve your posture!

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