Sure, it goes without saying having good posture—head up, shoulders back, rear tucked under—looks great. But good posture also plays a key role in your spine health, helping to prevent additional back and neck pain and even injuries to spinal structures. If you’re looking for lower back pain treatment try to be aware of your posture and make good posture part of your normal routine.
Be on the lookout for any of the following possible warning signs of poor posture:
- Back pain that is worse at certain times of the day or week
- Pain that starts in the neck and moves downwards into the upper back, lower back and extremities
- Pain that goes away after switching positions while sitting or standing
- Sudden back pain that is experienced with a new job, a new office chair, or a new car
- Back pain that comes and goes for months
If any of these warning signs apply to you, take a couple of these tips:
- Stand and walk with correct posture. While standing and walking, among other things it’s important to keep your head level and not too far forward, feet slightly apart with your weight towards the balls of the feet, and to avoid locking the knees.
- Sit with support. One common mistake is the “office chair hunch,” a posture adopted by many computer users where they sit at the front of their office chair and hunch forward leaning in toward their computer screen. The correct posture actually requires sitting back in the chair and utilizing the chair’s back support.