How Posture Affects Back And Neck Pain – Part 2

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Last month, I went through the posture and pain connection, and how problems with posture can have a significant effect on back pain.  Now that we have a background on posture, it’s time to get to work on fixing the problem!

As a physical therapist, I know that there are a number of methods that we use during each physical therapy visit in order to improve posture in the clinic.  But there are also many ways that a person can improve their posture outside of the physical therapy clinic at home.  Here are several strategies that are typically helpful to our physical therapy patients.

  • Try to stand tall whenever you are standing or walking. Hold your head high and square your shoulders, but more importantly work on being the tallest version of yourself. Hunching over is the leading cause of poor posture.
  • Use support when you sit to keep your posture correct. Lumbar support in office chairs and car seats will help a bit, but for improved posture you may need to add additional cushioning that will help you keep your back straight.
  • Be mindful of how you lift heavy objects. Keep your shoulders square and your chest forward. When lifting something that is over 50 lbs it is important to take extra care. Lead with your hips and try to keep the weight close to your body. Lifting something improperly can lead to injury to your neck or back, which may make proper posture uncomfortable.

There are a lot of benefits of having good posture. Aside from saying goodbye to neck or back pain, improving your posture can provide several unexpected benefits to your lifestyle and personal well-being.

Here are a few of the additional benefits of having good posture:

  • Proper posture creates quality exercise for your core and back
  • Improved respiratory health
  • Added protection for your organs, bones, joints and muscles
  • Reduced risk of arthritis

But if you find that your back and neck pain is too much to handle, you will need the help of an experienced physical therapist.  Call our office today and make an appointment to see one of our back and neck pain specialists.

 


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Dr. Asha Koshy is a Physical Therapist and co-owner of Complete Physical Rehabilitation in Jersey City and Elizabeth, NJ.

She is a McKenzie certified back pain Physical Therapist specialist, an LSVT BIG certified specialist for Parkinson’s Disease, and also specializes in treating Vestibular conditions relating to vertigo, dizziness, and other balance disorders.

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