Posture Problems and Chronic Pain

By now you’ve likely heard that proper posture is good for you, but did you know that poor posture is linked to chronic pain? Whether you’re slouching at your work desk all day or hunching over your smartphone, poor posture is a common health problem impacting people of all ages. Lack of proper posture can lead to neck and back pain that gets worse if left untreated. 

Why good posture is important to health

You may have heard that standing or sitting up straight is good for you, but you may be unaware of the benefits of good posture and the health consequences that can occur when you have poor posture.

Let’s start with defining good posture. The term posture refers to the position in which you hold your body when standing, sitting, or lying down. Good posture means correctly aligning your body so that the force against gravity is distributed evenly. This reduces the strain on the muscles and ligaments that support your body. 

Here are the health benefits of good posture:

Poor posture is linked to chronic pain

Posture plays a vital role in back health. Por posture throws off the balance of your weight distribution. When you sit with your back rounded or stand in a hunched position, the joints and other parts of the spine experience strain that can lead to premature wear and tear. This sets the stage for spinal arthritis and other neck and back problems.

If you don’t practice good posture, the components that support your body are placed under added and uneven strain. When your weight isn’t distributed evenly, some muscles and ligaments must work harder to compensate.

What does poor posture look like?

Whether you’re in the library or at the office, you’re sure to find plenty of examples of poor posture. Sitting with a rounded back, hunched shoulders, and the neck craned down are prime examples of the type of posture that can lead to chronic neck and back pain.

Technology is partially to blame for America’s posture problem. Slouching in front of a desktop computer or hunching over a cellphone are now commonplace.

Getting to the root of chronic pain

Here at Premier Neurology Medical Group, our board-certified neurologist Dr. Ravinder Singh and his skilled team treat the root cause of chronic pain. If you’re dealing with nagging neck and back pain, we can help get to the root of the problem. 

Dr. Singh performs a comprehensive evaluation to determine the cause of your chronic pain. Patients should expect to discuss their symptoms and medical history as part of the evaluation. Dr. Singh may order relevant tests to gain further information about your pain, then he creates an individualized treatment plan to bring you relief.

Back pain has many causes, and poor posture is often an overlooked underlying contributor to neck and back pain. Addressing posture is an under-utilized component of chronic pain treatment.

We’re committed to treating the root of your chronic pain so that you can experience relief. For neck and back pain treatment with the latest advances in pain management, call our office in Beverly Hills, California, to schedule your appointment or use our convenient online booking form.

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