On a quick glance in the mirror or a window, you may have noticed that your upper body has a funny shape. Your neck may be bending forward, your upper and middle back are arched outwardly, and your shoulders are rounded forward, this may also affect the way that you sit and stand.
Alternatively, you may be experiencing back pain, but nothing seems wrong on paper.
Both of these issues may be in fact attributed to bad posture.
Although it might seem like a serious issue that takes time to heal, it is most likely the case that it’s not too late to fix a problem with one’s posture, even if the structural changes in the spine are on the more severe side.
The best way to fix a problematic posture is to always address the underlying issue that is causing it in the first place.
What leads to bad posture?
Posture can be influenced by a variety of factors, ranging from poor lifestyle habits to spinal disorders. Posture that deviates only slightly from the healthy baseline typically doesn’t cause any symptoms, although it may lead to back pain and other symptoms in some instances.
Lifestyle factors that can affect posture and lead to back problems include:
- Sitting down for prolonged periods of time
- Working in a job that requires heavy physical labour
- Lack of exercise may lead to the weakening of the core muscles that are responsible for holding your upper body upright
Some of the most common spinal disorders that may lead to poor posture are related to changes in the bone structure of the spine, where they lead to an abnormal curvature of the spinal column. These include:
Signs and symptoms of poor posture:
Although bad posture does not necessarily cause any symptoms, in some instances it can lead to:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Leg pain
- Aches and pains in other parts of the body
- Visible abnormal curvature of the spine
What is good posture?
The natural shape of the human spine looks like the letter ‘S’, but with less pronounced curves.
A sign of poor posture is the deviation from this ‘S’ shape of the spine, where the curvature of the spinal column takes a different shape depending on the issue that has caused the change.
Good posture is present when the back sits straight (but not straight like the letter ‘I’) and upright in its natural position, with the shoulders aligned and not rounded forward, and the neck aligned in a neutral position, rather than bending forward.
How can bad posture be improved?
Depending on the cause of the issue, postural correction can be split into two categories:
- Correcting lifestyle habits
- Making adjustments to the way we sit at our desks, including taking frequent breaks to stretch the back and to move around
- Exercises to strengthen core muscles
- Maintaining or getting to a healthy weight
- Treatment to improve posture that is caused by spinal disorders
- Physical therapy to re-mobilise the spine
- Using a spinal decompression device, such as the Spinal Backrack, to realign spinal abnormalities
Spinal Backrack Technology
Additionally, if you want to boost the efficiency of your spinal decompression programme, we suggest using a medical device to aid your recovery. One such device is the Backrack. It is a patented class I medical device that has been carefully engineered by the brightest minds on Harley Street. Its aim is to treat the source of your back pain problems, rather than the symptoms. Given its unique structure that mimics the spine, it accurately targets your pain points, delivering great results.