How posture contributes to back pain


back-pain from lower cross syndromePosture is important to the overall well-being of your back. Posture is actually affecting you constantly. You have a certain posture when you sleep, when you sit, and when you stand.

You want to try to minimize the stress on your back muscles, which will, in turn relive the lower back pain you may be feeling. You don’t want to pull your shoulders back too far and overcompensate, but you also don’t want to be hunching, or curling your shoulders forward, which will also result in pain.

While you are standing or walking, try to have your shoulders evenly over your hips- not pulling in any way too far to the front or the back. While sitting, it helps most people to have a pillow or a back supporter to put behind their back while sitting.

What to look for… First sit properly, you sit all day long most likely, or if you are on your feet much of the day, you probably spend the evenings sitting. Most people actually do not sit properly. Whether you are hunching your shoulders, not using the proper muscles in your abdomen, or any of the many ways we sit improperly, you need to re-learn how to sit properly. You want to sit up straight, and with your shoulders slightly pulled back, positioned over your hips.

The second tip is quite the opposite- stand! Many people don’t stand often enough if they sit behind a desk for work. Make sure to get up and walk around. Try walking for a few minutes every half hour, or at least every hour, to keep your body moving and feeling more comfortable. The more stationary you are sitting at a desk, the worse your back pain will probably be.

When you’re asleep, you are, most likely, laying in one still position for an extended period of time (several hours). When you are stressing your muscle for a period of time, it might get uncomfortable, but if you are asleep, you may not realize that you need to adjust your body. This leads to stiffness and pain in the morning when you wake up. If you’ve always slept on your side, you’ll probably continue to do so, and the same goes for stomach and back sleepers.

The good thing is there are slight ways to change this cycle. If you are a side sleeper, use a pillow to put in between your legs, to balance out the weight of your legs from pulling the muscles in your back. You can use a pillow you have at home, or you can buy one of the specially designed pillows for just this type of pain. If you are a back or stomach sleeper, you can similarly use a pillow for relief by placing it under your back, or under your stomach, to balance out your body weight. You’ll probably have to try it out for a few nights to get comfortable with it, but you may find easy relief by doing so.

Simple things to do that help…
Heat: A simple, cheap and easy fix for many cases of lower back pain is heat. A homemade rice filled heating bag that can be thrown into the microwave for a few minutes. This will provide almost immediate relief for many cases of back pain. This typically only provides short-term relief, which you can also get by taking a hot bath. If your back pain is minor or only occurs occasionally, this may help you. If you suffer from constant back pain, this may give you temporary relief every now and then, but you will probably need to try more serious fixes.

Bath and Epsom Salts: Epsom salts, and medicated bath salts, can be wonderful for lower back pain. Soaking in a hot bath on its own can be a help for many people, so the addition of the salts can work wonders on back pain. This is because the salts have almost magical ways of relieving muscles that are strained and stressed.

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