How Posture Affects Back And Neck Pain – Part 1

Posture & back neck pain Jersey City & Elizabeth, NJ

Not all back pain is caused by poor posture, and it is true that you can have poor posture for years without feeling the consequences of that slouch right away, but in time the habit is likely to catch up with you.  There are certain ways that you can tell if neck or back pain may be a result of poor posture, including:

• The pain in your back is worsened at certain times of day.  For example, after you’ve spent a day at the office, or after a few hours on the couch.

• The pain frequently starts in your neck and moves into your upper and lower back.  Pain that seems to travel from one area of the back to another is frequently an indication of posture concerns.

• The pain will subside after switching positions, such as switching from sitting to standing or vice versa.

• Back or neck pain that develops soon after a change in circumstances, such as starting a new job with a new desk chair, or getting a new car.

After years of practicing poor posture, your back, shoulder and neck muscles will likely find standing or sitting with straight posture to be uncomfortable.  This is because your muscles have grown accustomed to the slouching, and standing up straight will require some thorough stretching.  That doesn’t mean that once you have bad posture you can never correct it!

Working with a physical therapist to improve your posture is a great way to overcome chronic neck and back pain.  In physical therapy, you will be guided through a series of stretches and strength building exercises that can help you begin training your body to practice better posture, thereby reducing your back and neck pain.  If you are experiencing chronic neck and back pain, there is a good chance that it could be related to your posture.  In our next blog, we will go through some great things that you can do at home that have proven to be typically helpful for our patients when it comes to relieving back and neck pain.

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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