The Effects and Dangers of Poor Posture

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Poor posture, and the resulting back and neck pain, is an all too common problem for many people. There is an extensive range of causes, from lifestyle and bad habits to genetics, and two of the best ways to treat the issue are with chiropractic for back pain and acupuncture. Let’s take a look at some of the effects of poor posture, and some of the best methods for treating the problem.

What causes poor posture?

As mentioned, there are a myriad of causes for poor posture and back pain, but some of the most common are:

  • Slouching in a chair
  • “Texting neck” – looking down at your phone
  • Hunching over at your desk
  • Improperly carrying heavy bags

This list is by no means complete, and there are almost as many causes as there are types of back pain. One of the most common questions that people ask is whether their back pain is caused by muscles, nerves or bones. The correct answer is all three. Your body is a very complicated mechanism, and these three components all work together to support your back, and so it’s likely that a problem manifests in all three areas to some degree.

What are the effects of poor posture?

Aside from back pain, which is probably the most obvious effect of poor posture, you might also find it coming through in the form of:

  • Poor digestion
  • Varicose veins
  • A change in the curve of your spine
  • Chances of cardiovascular problems
  • General joint and muscle stiffness

The dangers of these issues might be quite obvious, but they can range from damage to your organs, increased risk of major surgery (hip replacement), and your body becoming less effective at absorbing and dealing with shock. Changes in your spinal curve can also impact your balance, which carries its own range of potential dangers.

How to manage back pain

Acupuncture for back pain is an effective way of managing the issue. Once the therapist has identified problematic areas, they will use needles to open up energy pathways in your body, which helps to manage pain, increase circulation, and to speed up electromagnetic signals in your body. Acupuncture for back pain is probably one of the less considered methods, but can make a significant difference in managing the issue.

Another option is chiropractic for back pain. After scheduling an appointment with one of our chiropractors, they will use their knowledge of human anatomy and the most advanced chiropractic tools available to take a holistic approach to the issue. They will help to identify areas of pain, and then use techniques such as Quantum Neurology and Brimhall Technique to deal with the issue. They will also suggest ways for you to improve your posture by discussing your lifestyle habits and any areas that require change.

Both acupuncture and chiropractic for back pain are effective ways of managing the effects of poor posture, but it also helps to identify the cause of the pain in order to manage the issue at its source. For more information about how our chiropractic and natural wellness services can help you feel your best, contact us at (860) 651-3521.