How posture support can improve spine health
Your posture can be negatively affected in many ways. A sprained ligament or strained muscle can cause us to carry our bodies differently. The weight of a heavy purse on one shoulder can even create an imbalance in the spine’s curvature over time. While we can’t put a stop to our daily activities, there are steps everyone can take to maintain proper posture and better support our necks and backs throughout the day.
Ergonomic furniture and posture support aids
Many people find that neck or back pain due to poor posture occurs during the workday. Prolonged periods of sitting or standing in one position can force us to adopt unhealthy postures. However, there are a variety of ways that your workday can become more spine-friendly. Here are two of the best examples:
- Ergonomic office furniture. Ergonomically designed furniture is created with a worker’s health and productivity in mind. An ergonomic chair should include upper and lower back support, while an ergonomic keyboard should adjust to the natural curve of a person’s wrists.
- Back braces. Though many people wear lower back braces if they lift heavy objects, few people wear spine support braces on a daily basis. However, many corrective posture braces that fit around your shoulders and middle back are on the market today. The newest models are thin, comfortable and easily worn under your work clothes.
In addition, try changing positions frequently while at work. Whether you have to sit or stand for the majority of your day, take frequent breaks to walk and stretch. Rolling your head from side to side, touching your toes or walking up and down a flight of steps can keep your back lithe and support your posture.
Degenerative spine conditions and posture support
If you’re experiencing neck or back pain, it is possible that prolonged bad posture is a contributor. Your doctor may suggest a posture support device to help relieve your discomfort in addition to hot/cold compresses, pain medication and gentle stretching. However, if your doctor confirms that your pain is the result of nerve compression due to a degenerative spine condition, and posture improvement combined with other conservative treatments has not offered you effective pain relief, surgery can become a serious consideration.
If you are ever recommended for spine surgery but have concerns about the risk of complication and long recovery period involved with traditional open spine procedures, reach out to Laser Spine Institute. Our highly-skilled surgeons perform minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery that offers less risk of complication and a shorter recovery time compared to traditional open neck or back surgery.
Contact us today for a no-cost review of your MRI or CT scan* to find out if you could be a candidate for one of our procedures.