How to improve posture and relieve back pain
Having good posture is an often-overlooked way to relieve back pain and slow down degenerative effects on the spine. The spine has to support the weight of the upper body while remaining flexible enough to bend and flex, this means that a lot of pressure is being placed on delicate moving parts all the time. Good posture helps to distribute this weight more evenly, as well as transferring weight from the spine to supporting muscles.
If you are suffering from neck or back pain from a spine condition, improving your posture can also potentially help to relieve pain. If displaced spinal anatomy is compressing a nerve in the spine, holding yourself upright and engaging the core muscles may be able to help relieve some of this pressure. By working with your doctor to develop a treatment plan, including better posture, you can give yourself the best chance of returning to normal, comfortable activity.
Steps to improving your posture
If you think your neck or back pain can be relieved by better posture, there are techniques that can help you improve your carriage and alignment. Above all, make a conscious effort to keep the hips, shoulders and ears in a straight vertical line. Avoid the following behaviors associated with poor posture:
- Leaning to one side
- Crossing your legs
- Hunching or drooping your shoulders
- Tilting your pelvis too far forward or backward
Try to be aware of your posture as you go through your day and even when you go to sleep at night. Look for ways to improve your posture and mechanics during any repetitive motions or exercise you engage in. If any change in posture causes you pain, stop what you’re doing and consult your doctor immediately.
Other Treatments for neck or back pain
Many patients diagnosed with a spine condition are able to find the relief they need for a good quality of life with a course of conservative treatment. In addition to lifestyle choices like posture improvement, weight management, good nutrition and exercises, doctors recommend rest, medication and physical therapy. Surgery is usually considered a last resort treatment option, to be considered when weeks or months of conservative treatment do not improve symptoms.
If you’re considering surgery to treat a spine condition, but have concerns about the risks and difficulties of traditional open spine surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute. Our board-certified surgeons+ use a muscle-sparing, less than 1-inch incision to access the spine. This results in an outpatient procedure with less risk of complication when compared to traditional open spine surgery.
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