If you have low back pain, then you understand how the symptoms can take both a physical and emotional toll on your body. You may have a difficult time sitting, walking, or sleeping, and the pain may prevent you from fully concentrating on work and family activities. Simply put: low back pain can make you a grouch.
Low back pain affects nearly everyone at one point or another. It can be difficult to treat, and experts recommend that you take time to learn about your condition, the causes of your pain, and how to make small modifications to help relieve your back pain and improve your overall psyche.
Causes of Low Back Pain
There are many anatomical causes of low back pain or sciatica. These may include:
- Lumbar facet joint arthritis
- Disc degeneration
- Herniated or bulging discs
- Muscle strain
- Vertebral compression fracture
- Spinal tumor or other sinister lesion
Since so many different structures can cause your back pain, experts often recommend you focus on mechanical causes of your pain. What positions are you putting your body into that may be causing your pain? Most often, this means focusing on your posture to fix your slouch.
The Effect of Your Posture on Low Back Pain
Your spine is comprised of bones that are stacked one on top of another. Between each bone is a spongy disc, and small joints are on either side of the bones, allowing them to articulate with one another. When looking at your spine from the side, there should be a forward curve in it, called a lordosis.
When you sit or stand in a slouched position, your lumbar lordosis may straighten out, or even reverse. This loss of the forward curve in your spine can place stress and strain on your spinal discs, joints, and muscles. It can also change the position of your mid and upper spine, leading to pain and loss of mobility. Slouching with poor posture can cause your back pain - and that can make you feel grouchy.
Fix Your Slouch (And Stop Being a Grouch)
Rehab professionals recommend working to correct your posture if you have back pain. This means learning to sit and stand while maintaining your lumbar lordosis. The easiest way to do this is to sit with a spinal support like the Posture PT. Supporting your spine while sitting can help keep everything in alignment, and this can reduce or eliminate your back pain.
Exercise can also help make it easy to maintain your spine in an optimal position. Low back stretches, hip and hamstring flexibility exercises, and core strengthening exercises can keep your spine in a position the limits stress and strain. This can help reduce your back pain.
(Brendan shows how to stretch your hamstring to help your posture)
If you have low back pain, you may find that the pain and loss of movement make you feel cranky or depressed. Simply put, you may become a back pain grouch. Fix you slouch by working on attaining and maintaining proper posture, and your back pain may be reduced or eliminated. By changing your posture and exercising, you can correct your slouch and stop being a low back pain grouch.
Corrective Exercise Specialist &
Inventor Of The Posture PT
Brendan@ConfidentPosture.com (Seriously... let me know if you have any questions... I read all my emails and will respond.)