There are many causes of back pain. While some of them are due to medical conditions that require medications or surgeries to correct, for most people, back pain can easily be fixed by correcting your posture and taking other steps to reduce pressure on the spine. The last thing you want is to suffer from so much back pain it affects your ability to go about your day comfortably.
What Is the Cause of Back Pain?
Because there are so many things that can actually cause your back pain, it’s important to see your doctor if your back pain persists, even after you’ve done everything you can to get rid of it yourself. However, for most people, back pain is simply caused by poor posture, either when you’re sitting, standing or both. Poor posture can have an impact on how you move, whether you’re running, walking, jumping, lifting or doing any other normal daily activities. If you fail to correct your posture, you are going to see more back pain in your future and can eventually cause permanent damage that will require more extensive treatment to resolve. This is why it’s important to pay close attention to your posture and work to correct it to avoid any long-term issues.
What Causes Poor Posture?
While some people fall into bad habits and laziness that leads to poor posture, this isn’t the only reason. It’s easy to get so wrapped up in what’s going on in your life that you forget to pay attention to how you’re sitting, standing or even sleeping. Unfortunately, it’s not always something as simple as thinking about it to fix it. In fact, you shouldn’t have to think about it regularly. In most cases, the cause of poor posture is actually muscle weakness. The muscles in your body simply may not be strong enough to properly support your spine, making it difficult to maintain the right posture, even when you’re thinking about it. Unfortunately, the typical exercise most people do on a regular basis like taking walks or working out at the gym simply isn’t enough to produce the results you need to improve your posture. It’s important to focus on every muscle that supports your posture, including the buttocks, shoulders, back, abdomen and pelvic floor. If even one of these isn’t as strong as it should be, you will experience poor posture, which can lead to back pain.
What Can You Do?
Most people think of recovering from an injury when they think about physical therapy. However, this type of treatment can be beneficial if you would like to correct your posture to eliminate your back pain. When you see your physical therapist, they will perform a full evaluation, which can identify any weak points and recommend exercises that can help strengthen the core muscles required to support good posture and get rid of the pains in your back. With a customized physical therapy plan, you will target the muscle groups that need the most work so you can enjoy better posture without having to put in a lot of effort or thought into supporting your posture.
If you experience back pain on a regular basis and an injury or illness isn’t the cause, it’s important to make an appointment with a physical therapist to go over what could be the cause of your back pain. They will help you with exercises and other tips so you can improve your posture, stand taller and experience less back pain in your future.