Can Posture Changes Help My Back Pain?

Can Posture Changes Help My Back Pain?

If you’re one of the more than 31 million Americans with back pain, simple posture changes could ease your discomfort. But if you’re like most people, you’ve spent little time thinking about your posture since you were nagged to sit up straight as a young child.

At Boston PainCare in Waltham, Natick, and Concord, Massachusetts, our pain specialists understand the essential role good posture plays in maintaining your overall health — and especially the health of your back.

Our team evaluates back pain to uncover the underlying cause so we can design a customized treatment plan to ease your pain. We also know that if you improve your posture, you can improve the health of your back. Here's what you need to know.

What’s the link between posture and back pain?

Good posture plays a key role in your overall health because it involves multiple body systems that are significant to your wellness. Your spine is affected most of all. 

When you engage in good posture, your core muscles (the muscles in your tummy, hips, back, pelvis, and surrounding your spine) distribute the support of your body equally. That makes it more difficult to strain any one region and reduces your risk of developing back pain. 

With bad posture, on the other hand, some muscles and body parts are strained more than others. That uneven distribution of support leads to pain, slipped discs, and even nerve damage. 

Will positive posture changes ease my back pain?

YES! Improving your posture can help your back pain. Since Americans spend most of the day sitting, you’ll want to invest in an ergonomic chair that helps you sit with good posture, as outlined below.

If your feet don’t reach the floor when you sit at your desk, use a footrest or box to alleviate pressure on your lower back. You’ll also want to check that your digital screens are at eye level to avoid neck and back strain.

Here’s how you can make the right posture changes for your back. While seated, keep the following posture tips in mind:

When standing, follow the guidelines above, but be sure to keep your weight evenly distributed on both feet.

Can pain management help my back pain?

Improving your posture can go a long way toward alleviating back pain. However, back pain can be complex, and if the underlying cause of your pain isn’t addressed, you might struggle to find relief from your discomfort. 

At Boston PainCare, our team of multidisciplinary pain specialists uses a comprehensive approach to treating your back pain. Based on our team’s evaluation and assessment of your history and the underlying cause of your pain, we create a personalized back pain treatment plan that may include:

Our team generally begins with the most conservative and least invasive treatments progressing toward more invasive therapies or surgery as needed. Keep in mind that once your pain is under control, practicing good posture can keep back pain away.

Learn more about how good posture works to prevent or reverse back pain by scheduling an appointment online or over the phone at the Boston PainCare office nearest you in Waltham, Natick, or Concord, Massachusetts. 

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