Back related problems are very common these days. In fact spinal related disorders seem to be increasing. The main reason behind this is that people have to sit for long hours in front of a computer or behind desks on a daily basis. This combined with a wrong body posture and lack of exercise take a toll on people’s spine.
Back Pain Causes
As we mentioned previously, one’s work most of the times involves long hours of sitting on a chair. The main reason that sitting can cause back pain and worsen spine related disorders is that when we are sitting for long hours, this static posture increases stress in our back, arms and shoulders. As a result, this causes a lot of pressure on our spinal disks.
Slouching over the screen or slouching down in the chair only worsens the problem because when we slouch the spinal ligaments become stretched. This combined with that large pressure of sitting for long period can damage the spinal disks or worsen one’s back pain.
Back pain related disorders must be identified and dealt with at an early stage because if the problem is allowed to aggravate, it may lead to long term posture related problems and spinal damage. Therefore, it is very important to cope with the problem as it appears and eliminate the chances of a permanent injury.
Get Rid of Back Pain
One of the most common causes of back pain problems is poor posture. As you can imagine, correcting your posture will have a therapeutic effect for your back. A good posture will not only relief your back pain (considering it is caused by a bad posture ) but it will also make you look better. So how do you correct your posture?
Although back pain is something 80% of people will face one time in their life, it definitely can be dealt with. Some steps you can take to better your back pain is to try exercising in order to strengthen your back and shoulders muscles, getting an ergonomic chair at work or taking small breaks every half an hour and walking away from your desk for a minute to release the pressure of your back.
It is all about Posture
Correcting your posture is just as easy as being aware where your body is in space and making adjustments to achieve the best posture. You can also try using a clock as a posture correcting alarm every 15 minutes or so to make sure you are sitting properly. Soon it will become a habit and hopefully you will not need the clock after a while. Also it would be very helpful if you could consult a physiotherapist to check your stance and show you what posture you should aim for as well as exercises and stretches to help you reach it.
Wearing a posture corrective brace
Another thing that might be useful is a posture corrective brace. Especially if your back pain is caused by slouching or bad shoulder positioning. So what is a posture corrective brace? You can imagine it as a belt that is built to provide you upper body support. But it is a little bit more complex than a belt and has variations depending on the design, the fabric it is made of, mechanics of support etc. Wearing a posture corrective brace for a few minutes each day can be very effective when combined with core, back and shoulder strengthening exercises.
Overall, back pain is one of the most common issues people complain about. As it was mentioned before around 8 out of 10 people will have back pain problems one time in their life and most of these complaints roots will be a musculoskeletal problem. Taking the necessary measures, educating oneself about self-care as well as exercising can reduce the symptoms and relieve the pain more often than not. Avoiding wrong postures, fine tuning the working conditions to achieve best posture are very important to manage the symptoms of back pain or even eliminate them.