Back Pain

Straighten Up to Boost your Energy

Within the body, there are certain muscles that work continuously to keep our bodies erect and upright. These are known as postural muscles. If we have bad posture, these muscles have to work harder and can eventually become tired and achy. This often leads to low energy levels and feelings of fatigue or exhaustion.

However, with good posture and proper alignment, these muscles are able to work together effectively to keep our entire body functioning properly. Without the added strain of misalignment and imbalance, our bodies can benefit from more energy and less fatigue.

By Spine and Health

Bad Posture Leads to Fatigue

Proper posture affects our physical bodies as well as our mental and emotional well-being. When we practice good posture while sitting and standing, the pressure that is placed on the spine, muscles and ligaments is distributed evenly. This results in reduced physical stress throughout the entire body which enables us to reserve our energy for other activities.

The human body is very complex and is designed to accomplish many intricate tasks. But, without proper posture, even some of the simplest movements can become difficult. This causes us to use up more energy, and we quickly become tired and fatigued.

Benefits of Proper Posture

Many people lack proper posture simply because they do not realize how vital it is for overall health. In fact, some people believe that proper posture looks unnatural or even strange. This may be the reason many people tend to slouch when sitting, or walk with hunched shoulders while holding their head in a downward position. These bad posture habits cause stress and strain on muscles and bones and deplete us of the energy we need for everyday tasks.

The following are some of the benefits of proper posture that can aid in increased energy:

  • Reduces wear and tear of joints
  • Prevents back pain
  • Facilitates proper breathing
  • Reduces stress on muscles, bones and ligaments
  • Prevents tiredness and fatigue
  • Increases focus and concentration
  • Reduces inflammation

Proper Posture Facilitates Breathing

In order for us to have the energy we need each day, our bodies need oxygen. With proper posture, our lungs are able to inhale more air thus enabling our blood and brain to receive more oxygen. Bad posture, such as slumping and slouching, restricts the amount of air that our lungs are able to take in. This results in less oxygen reaching our brain and bloodstream, and less oxygen means less energy.

Our Posture Experts at Spine and Health in North Sydney or Crows Nest can fix your posture so you can experience better breathing and increased energy.  When your spine is in proper alignment, your entire body can benefit from better overall health. Your lungs are able to effectively provide your brain and bloodstream with the oxygen needed for increased energy and better overall health.

Contact our Chiropractors at Spine and Health. We can fix your posture so that you can experience reduced stress on muscles and tendons, reduced wear and tear on joints, and enjoy increased energy.  

How Postural Therapy Can Help Relieve Pain from a Lumbar Disc Injury

Lower back pain from a lumbar disc injury is one of the most common health problems that people face every day. Disc injuries can occur in the cervical spine (neck), thoracic spine (upper back) or lumbar spine (lower back). They occur most often in the lumbar area because the lower back bears the most weight and force on a daily basis.

Surgery or pain relief medication is often prescribed by physicians to relieve this pain and promote healing. However, there are safe and effective alternatives to surgery and harsh pain medications. Our Chiropractors at Spine and Health in North Sydney or Crows Nest are trained professionals who can fix your posture and help eliminate the pain and discomfort associated with this type of injury. In fact, our motto is, “We Fix posture!”

Correct Spine Alignment Relieves Pain

When the body is in correct alignment, the underlying cause of pain and physical restriction is naturally eliminated. The body consists of eight major joints, including the shoulders, hips, knees and ankles. These joints are referred to as load bearing joints and they function best only when all four are vertically and horizontally aligned.

When the body is put back in proper alignment through posture therapy by our Chiropractors at Spine and Health, pain relief and proper healing can begin. Our Posture Experts will meet with you, assess your situation and decide on a treatment program that will help eliminate your pain and fix your posture.

Bad Habits Cause Bad Posture

In order to remain pain free and to be able to function efficiently, our bodies need to keep moving. For survival, the human body was designed to stand on two feet and remain in constant motion. However, today’s lifestyle of modern convenience and technology has enabled us to become much less active and even sedentary.

Whether we are sitting incorrectly in front of our computers or hunched over our mobile phones, technology is enabling us to develop bad posture habits. These habits are creating unnecessary strain on our bodies. This inactive lifestyle can cause us to be vulnerable to certain injuries and can also interfere with healing and pain relief. Our Chiropractors at Spine and Health use posture therapy to correct the underlying bad posture habits or alignment problems that are causing the pain.

Posture therapy is a safe and effective method for relieving the pain associated with a lumbar disc injury. Postural therapy not only heals and relieves pain, it also realigns the entire body so that you can experience the benefits of total health and wellness. Our Chiropractors at Spine and Health in North Sydney or Crows Nest are professionals who know how to treat the underlying cause of your back pain. We are different in that we focus on treating the cause instead of just the symptoms. Our goal is to fix your posture so that you can be pain free and stay that way for a healthy spine-happy life!

How Poor Posture Contributes to Lower Back Pain

Proper posture simply means that your bones are correctly aligned so that your joints, muscles, tendons, organs and nervous system can work properly. Often, an accident, pregnancy, excessive weight or bad habits can lead to poor posture. And over time, poor posture can cause many health problems.

A common complaint of many people with poor posture is lower back pain. However, our Chiropractors at Spine and Health in North Sydney or Crows Nest can straighten your spine and fix your posture so that you can enjoy less pain and better movement.

Signs of Poor Posture

If you are experiencing lower back pain, the following are some signs that it may be because of poor posture:

  • Back pain that seems worse during specific times of the day or specific days of the week
  • Pain that begins in the neck and travels down the back and into the legs
  • Pain that begins suddenly with a new job or a different office chair
  • Pain that subsides when changing positions

Causes of Poor Posture

In today’s crazy technological world, many of us find ourselves sitting in front of a computer screen for hours at a time. Without realizing it, we may begin to slouch or slump while sitting in our chair. Over time, this bad posture habit can cause the muscles in the chest to tighten which causes the upper back to curve excessively. This leads to a weakening of the upper back muscles resulting in lower back pain as well as pain in the shoulders and neck.

Poor posture also involves how we place our feet when we stand. A problem known as “over-pronation” occurs when the arch of the foot collapses during walking or standing. This sometimes causes the ankles to turn inward or outward depending on how you are standing. These factors combined can cause lower back pain as well as foot and knee pain.

Types of Lower Back Pain

Flexion and extension pattern pains are two common types of lower back pain due to poor posture. With flexion, the pain is felt when the back is bent or flexed forward. However, when the spine is extended, the pain eases. Those with flexion pain usually have what is referred to as a “flat back.” A flat back is a condition where the spine loses its natural curve in the lower back area and becomes… well, flat. Those with extension pain feel it when the spine extends or straightens and with flexion the pain eases. Our Posture Experts at Spine and Health can straighten your spine and eliminate your lower back pain.

Poor posture contributes not only to lower back pain, but it also affects our overall health. When one part of our body is not aligned, the rest of our body cannot work properly. Poor posture is not a sign of laziness. In fact, many different factors can contribute to poor posture. Whether it is an accident, weight gain, bad habits or pregnancy, it is important to be mindful of your posture so that your entire body can work together as nature intended. Let our Posture Experts at Spine and Health in North Sydney or Crows Next assess your pain, and fix your posture. Not only for pain free movement, but for overall good health as well.