Low back pain in Charlotte, NC
Low back pain is far too common. Proper posture is an easy and important way to keep the back and spine healthy. Good posture and back support is especially important for people who spend a significant part of their day sitting in an office chair or standing at a work station. Getting in the habit of using proper sitting posture is a vital part of preventing neck and low back pain.
Problems caused by poor posture
Failure to maintain a good posture with adequate back support will definitely add strain to lower back muscles and put stress on the spine. Over time, this stress can change the natural alignment of the spine. One thing leads to another and our high-functioning spine becomes a collection of constricted blood vessels and pinched nerves, as well as strained muscles, pressured discs, and misaligned joints. Not only will we become subject to back and neck pain, but we can also experience headaches, fatigue, and possibly even concerns with breathing.
Picture perfect posture
Using proper posture means keeping each part of the body in alignment with adjacent parts. Proper posture is the tool that keeps all parts balanced, supported, and working in unison. Appropriate posture when standing means that we are able to draw an imaginary straight line from the earlobe, through the shoulder, hip, knee, and into the ankle. Many of us work in sedentary jobs that require that we sit for most of the workday. Consider the way you normally sit and ask yourself these questions:
- Do I keep my feet flat on the floor, with knees at a 90° angle?
- Does my buttocks, back and shoulders line up against the backrest of the chair?
- Does the chair provide enough lumbar support?
- Does the backrest fit into the natural curve of your spine?
- Do you keep your shoulders relaxed and even, and not hunched in a forward position?
- Do you make sure that your body weight is equally distributed across both hips?
- Are your knees always level with or slightly higher than your hips?
If you answered “no” to any of these questions, you are undoubtedly exerting undue stress on your spine. Even when you use proper posture, remember that it is not a good idea to sit in the same position for more than 40 minutes. Get up, walk, and/or stretch to prevent strain and provide proper circulation. Habitual slouching puts unnatural pressure on the discs between the vertebrae. In extreme cases, this may cause bulging or herniation.
If you are suffering from pain and you are looking for a natural, non-invasive of treatment, chiropractic clinics also offer supplemental therapies such as the application of heat or cold, electrical stimulation, diet, counseling, or rehabilitative exercise. ChiroCarolina®, one of Charlotte’s top chiropractic centers, known all over the South east for providing top chiropractic care for the uptown, NoDa, and University area- located conveniently off North Tryon Street.