We’ve all heard time and time again that we should sit up straight and practice good posture; possibly because our mothers constantly reminded us to look more poised and proper. But posture impacts more than just our looks. Poor posture, over time, can lead to many health problems. Here are four painful conditions that may result from poor posture.
- Neck Pain –Neck and shoulder soreness is very common among those with poor posture. Poor workstation ergonomics and excessive mobile device usage are common culprits. Learn more about neck pain how you can avoid this problem here.
- Lower Back Pain – It’s one of the most common reasons people miss work in the US. Poor posture places extra strain on the muscles and ligaments causing aching or pain that progresses gradually over time.
- Headache – Believe it or not, your chronic headaches could be the result of poor posture and the added stress on your neck. Learn all about this condition and how to prevent it in this helpful video.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – Studies show that neck pain (often caused by poor posture) can irritate the nerves in your arms, leading to a painful wrist condition called Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Poor workstation posture can also cause Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. If you’re required to sit at a desk and use a computer for long periods of time, be sure to use proper workstation ergonomics.
Unfortunately, many people don’t realize or take note of their posture until a painful injury occurs. As chiropractors, we strive to educate our patients about how to avoid spinal damage while maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle. Sedentary lifestyles also cause postural issues over time, leading to some of the same conditions. So, stand up straight, keep moving, and if you find yourself burdened by an injury, give us a call.