Postural pain can result from the overstretching of spinal ligaments and joints, which occurs when the body is placed in an unbalanced posture. Postural pain can develop gradually over time, from habitual poor posture, or it can be a major cause of poor recovery following a traumatic injury. In any case, poor posture can ultimately be a major contributor to most neck and back pain problems.
Your spine has three natural curves, which support the weight of your body and gravity. The neck (cervical) and lower back (lumbar) regions both have inward curves, while the mid-back (thoracic) region has an outward curve.
To minimize excessive load on the spine, maintaining these curves during standing and sitting is essential. While seated, rotate your hips forward slightly in order to maintain the natural inward curve of the lumbar spine. This may also be achieved by supporting the lumbar curve with a small pillow, rolled up towel or lumbar roll. Using good posture helps to decrease the strain on the joints and muscles, as well as decrease the load on the spine. Good posture also helps build and maintain endurance which can help prevent potential pain or injury.
Correct posture is obtained by learning to detect when your body has the least amount of stress by maintaining the natural curve of the spine. Stress is indicated by a slight burning and aching sensation, usually in the mid- and/or low back regions.
Treatment of Postural Pain
PDR therapists are trained to help patients learn how to correct spinal postural dysfunctions. They can help you to improve your awareness and learn proper posture techniques. Maintaining balanced posture throughout the day also requires increased strength and endurance of the postural muscles; including the scapular, lumbar, and abdominal muscle groups. Specific spinal strengthening utilizing MedX equipment, as well as prescribed postural endurance exercises, are key to being able to maintain proper posture throughout the entire day, thus protecting the spine from undue postural stress.