Watch this video below for more on the rule of 90’s!
Is It Too Late To Correct My Posture!
Patients tell me all the time sitting at their desk causes back pain. I’d normally ask them to show me how they sit, and it’s usually a combination of a slouch with rounded shoulders. There are a few things we can do, but the most beneficial to our patients is teaching and building on healthy habits. For example, I often suggest a lumbar support roll to allow their low back to fall in a more neutral position and help them make adjustments to their workstation (see video above!).
Can Bad Posture Cause Pain?
It’s a common misconception that poor posture causes pain. The research is very limited in supporting this claim. That being said, there are many things that you can assess and do have a direct correlation with pain such as exercise, your job satisfaction, stress levels, and other lifestyle factors.
Here are three reasons posture does not have a direct correlation to pain:
- Your body tissue adapts to stress over time. A theory behind bad posture is that it likely leads to microdamage to that tissue overtime. However, think about lifting weights. Over time, that stress you place on your muscles and joints allows you to deal with the stress and strengthen those muscles.
- Tissue damage does not always mean pain. Pain is multifactorial, but the likelihood of tissue damage from bad posture is slim. Multifactorial means that pain consists of factors such as mechanical, stress, and poor lifestyle (being sedentary, or smoking).
- We are naturally asymmetrical! The idea that one “perfect” position will fit everyone is illogical. What works for someone who is six foot two most likely won’t be comfortable for someone who is five foot three. Our size and shape will inherently dictate the best way to sit and stand comfortably.
So… If I Fix My Posture, Will My Pain Go Away?
As I said before, research doesn’t show that poor posture leads to pain, but it certainly can be a contributing factor and is still extremely important to address! By doing so, you can start an educational conversation around building healthy habits that will lead to behavioral change, laying the foundation down to taking charge of your own health.
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