Poor Postural Habits: A Common Back Pain Cause

There are a myriad of causes for back pain. Some are beyond control, such as a birth defect, trauma from a car accident, or even illness. However, there are some causes of back pain that are commonplace, and these causes can be proactively addressed.

A potent example is poor postural habit. Many postural habits are formed around daily activities, and a primary influencer is a person's job. Workdays can last eight, ten, and twelve hours or longer, and this can be reflected in one's posture.

For instance, a person who sits at a computer desk for prolonged hours may develop upper and lower back pain. Awareness of the positions of the mouse and the monitor on the desk are important. Perhaps the mouse sits too far back or too far to one side, causing an overextended reach or lean. Perhaps the monitor is placed too far below eye level, which can promote upper thoracic slouch and an inward rounding of the shoulders. Long periods of looking downward can also cause discomfort of the neck muscles. The position of a person's chair is equally important. A chair placed too far back can cause an overextended forward lean, incorrectly compensated by resting on elbows or forearms for support. Also, prolonged sitting can put pressure on the low back and buttock muscles, as well as the hamstring muscles, via the weight of the upper body.

As a contrasting instance, a person whose job is labor intensive can also develop similar poor postural habits, causing upper and lower back pain. This can be attributed to the habitual use of poor body mechanics. For example, when lifting is involved, the common mistake is to bend deeply forward using the strength of the upper body to produce power, instead of properly using the legs. This can cause unnecessary strain on the muscles and vertebrae of the low back, as well as providing poor support for the muscles of the upper back.

Continuous use of these poor postures, day in and day out, year after year, can lead to chronic muscle stiffness and soreness, and cause upper and lower back pain.

Being aware of these poor postural habits and avoiding them are important in reducing back pain and discomfort. Seeking the guidance of a medical professional can help as well. Also, there are services to be had that can directly address back pain issues, such as the services of a chiropractic practitioner or massage therapist.


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