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How Poor Posture Often Results in Back Pain

How Poor Posture Can Cause Back Pain

Everyone’s back hurts. Sometimes it’s due to injuries or straining it while working out. But oftentimes it’s caused by our terrible postural habits while working, such as secretly staring at your phone during Zoom calls all day. But did you know that nearly 54% of American adults have experienced chronic back and neck pain for 5 years or more? And, unfortunately, much of this pain is the result of poor posture. Poor posture positions create loads on your spine that disperse incorrectly. Over time, this weakens the tissues in your lower back, which then tends to push your muscles, discs, and joints beyond a tolerable range. This all leads to chronic back pain. [cite]

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Is Your Working Posture Causing Your Back Pain?

It’s generally accepted that we all spend nearly one-third of our lives working. So it’s not surprising that much of our pain is caused by poor posture and habits during the working hours. Below are a few common postures — particularly in the work-from-home era — that lead to chronic back pain:

  • Slouching or hunching while sitting (this is particularly pronounced when staring at electronic devices)
  • Lying on your stomach while working
  • Sitting on a bed or any soft surface with no back support while working

How to Fix Your Posture While Sitting or Working

We all get lazy and default to whatever takes the least effort from time-to-time. We get it and are guilty of it too. However, it’s much easier to implement a few simple tricks to correct a bad posture than it is to spend thousands of dollars and months or years of time trying to fix the pain and side effects from chronically sitting in a way that wreaks havoc on your spine. Below are a few quick tips to improve your posture, and reduce the chances of back pain, while working and sitting [cite]:

  • Avoid working in bed at all costs. We know it’s tempting, but you’ll come to regret spending all your Flex Fridays in bed hunched over your laptop
  • Don’t work laying down — on any surface
  • Sit at a desk on a chair that supports your back. You can support your back by properly adjusting your chair to the correct height, and by setting it to the right tilt. As a general rule, your knees should be slightly lower than your hips, and your butt should be pushed to the back of your chair
  • Place your screen at eye level so you aren’t looking down, and your wrists and forearms straight and level with the floor. If you can’t do this with your current setup, consider purchasing an adjustable monitor stand
  • Invest in a good chair that has back support, arm support, and allows for height and tilt adjustments to ensure proper body positioning and alignment

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How Chiropractors Help Improve Posture

One of the key benefits of investing in chiropractic treatment is that it works wonders for improving posture and reducing back pain. Chiropractors do this by making targeted adjustments to your shoulders, neck, and back that help increase movement in your joints, reduce tension in surrounding muscles, and align your spine. This is then paired with individualized in-clinic therapies that build muscle memory, allowing you to maintain the improved alignment from the adjustments so you can experience long-lasting enhancements to your posture.

Chiropractic care takes a holistic approach and contributes to total body wellness. At Chiro One, we specialize in correcting posture imbalances, misalignments, and treating pain. Our care approach includes a detailed exam, a unique treatment plan, an expert clinical care team, and a supportive patient community for your personal health and wellness journey.

Schedule your appointment with one of our Chiro One doctors today.