How Your Posture Can Relieve Pain

Back pain is one of the most common complaints for people of all ages. Whether you suffer from a sports injury as a teenager, whiplash in a car accident, or simply the wear-and-tear on your body as you get older, back and neck pain are unwelcome disruptions in your daily life. 

Have you ever considered how improving your posture can help relieve this pain?

Here at Tropea Chiropractic Inc. in Sunnyvale, California, our expert chiropractor, Tony Tropea, DC, treats back and neck pain as naturally as possible. But you might be surprised to learn that adjusting your posture can also make a big difference in how you feel.

In this blog, Dr. Tropea discusses the connection between your posture and your pain. 

Common posture problems

Do you sit in front of a computer all day, or slouch on the couch while you watch TV? Do you stand with most of your weight on one leg or with your hips in an uneven position? 

While you may not even realize you’re putting yourself into these postural predicaments, you’re most likely feeling the consequences of your poor posture as low back pain, shoulder pain, or even headaches

Everyday activities often lead to bad posture habits. Over time, these habits lead to pain. Common examples include:

Unsupported or incorrectly supported postures cause your spine to bear weight in a way that weakens the network of muscles in your lower, upper, and middle back. As a result, you feel pain along your spinal column, or in your neck, shoulders, or even your hips and knees. 

Essentially, your pain may be traced back to your spine as a result of the way you sit or stand without adequate support. 

Change your posture, relieve your pain

Here’s the good news: If you do suffer from many common back problems, correcting your posture can help you feel better. 

Dr. Tropea diagnoses the underlying causes of your pain and prescribes a personalized combination of treatments, physical therapies, and chiropractic adjustments. He also recommends how to correct your posture to maximize your wellness. 

Sitting posture

If you work in your home office all day, Dr. Tropea explains the best posture for sitting at a desk — such as chair height, lower back support, and foot position — along with exercises you can do to strengthen weak core muscles. 

Standing posture

Keeping your back, neck, and head in proper alignment when you walk or simply standing up straight can also help alleviate pressure on your lower back and shoulders. 

You need strong, flexible muscles to keep your spine correctly aligned, so strengthening exercises may help improve your posture and relieve pain, as well. 

When you’re in better overall alignment and your spine is properly supported, you not only relieve stress and pain, but you help decrease wear-and-tear on your joints. In the long run, this could mean less risk of developing osteoarthritis — a typical wear-and-tear condition in adults. 

If you regularly experience pain, stiffness, or decreased mobility in your back and neck, it’s time to seek a natural, non-invasive, long-term solution. 

Give our friendly office a call today at 408-471-6524, or request the next available appointment online, to learn how to improve your posture and enjoy the many benefits of chiropractic care. 

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