The human body has a very complex set of systems that help to keep us healthy, and one of those systems is called the nervous system. The nervous system is made up of all the nerves in your body, including spinal cord and brain. The spine contains thousands of nerves that connect with every part of your body, including organs and muscles. When these nerves are compressed or pinched due to poor posture or injury, it can cause pain throughout your body.
What is postural pain?
Postural pain refers to pain that occurs in the muscles, tendons and ligaments that support the spine. Postural pain can be felt in any region of your body, but it’s most commonly found in your back, neck shoulders hips and knees.
The causes of postural pain are many: poor posture, stress or sitting for long periods at a desk job, for instance, will contribute to an increase in this type of discomfort. If left untreated however; postural problems can lead to more serious issues such as spinal degeneration (osteoarthritis). Postural pain can also cause physical symptoms such as headaches, muscle spasms and fatigue. If left untreated, these can lead to further health problems.
In addition to physical pain, postural pain can also cause mental distress. You may become anxious over the thought of going out because you’re worried about how you’ll feel; or irritable in social situations where you think people are judging your posture.
How does posture affect you?
Posture is the way you hold your body. It’s not just about standing up straight, but it also includes how you carry yourself while sitting, walking and even sleeping.
When we slouch or bend over too much we put extra pressure on our muscles and joints. This can lead to pain in places like:
- Upper back (between shoulder blades)
- Lower back (in between waistline and buttocks)
- Neck (front of neck)
- Shoulders (top, middle and rear)
- Head (between the eyes)
When we stand up straight, our bodies are in alignment. This means that the weight of our head is balanced by the rest of our body. It also helps us breathe better because blood flows more easily through our lungs and other organs.
When we are in alignment, our bodies feel better and we move more easily. We tend to stand up straighter when we’re feeling good and this helps us hold our head high.
You can improve your posture and reduce your pain.
Posture is a habit. It can be hard to change your posture, but it’s possible. If you have pain that’s related to your posture, there are things you can do about it! First off, make sure that you get checked out by a professional like a chiropractor or physical therapist (PT). They’ll be able to give you personalized advice on how best to correct your alignment and reduce pain in the long term.
Chiropractors are trained in spinal manipulation techniques like spinal adjustments or mobilization that can help improve the alignment of joints within the spine, which may help reduce symptoms associated with poor posture and pain over time. PTs use similar techniques as well as exercises designed specifically for people with postural issues. These may vary from poor core strength to tightness in certain muscles surrounding joints throughout their bodies, where there might otherwise be an imbalance. If left untreated, imbalances throughout the body cause tension, which increases stress levels caused by constant discomfort. Chronic tension headaches caused by poor posture habits also develop after years spent sitting at desks during school and work hours without taking regular breaks from computers, phones, and TVs screens.
The bottom line is that if you have poor posture, you need to take steps to improve it! Otherwise, you’re risking long-term health problems and possibly even chronic pain symptoms.
Posture is a key factor in pain management, and if you’re suffering from chronic pain, it’s important that you take steps to improve your posture. You can do this by doing exercises like yoga or Pilates and incorporating them into your daily routine. You should also try to change any habits that may be causing problems such as sitting at work or driving for long periods of time without breaks so they don’t cause any strain on your body. Schedule today for a posture coach to help you overcome poor posture habits, and improve your overall health and wellbeing.