Seattle chiropractor and back pain relief experts encourage healthier lifestyle habits at home and at work to correct your posture and encourage back pain relief
Seattle, Washington — Your posture is the major factor determining whether you experience back pain as you grow older, according to a survey of 1200 women conducted by the British Chiropractic Association.
The association identified five possible postures:
- Spoon – flat back, rounded shoulders
- Leaning tower – head leans forward
- Bridge – arched back
- Flat-pack – flat back
- Normal posture – ears, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles in line
Women with heads that lean forward are most likely to report back or neck pain (58 percent), followed by those with an arched back (56 percent).
Our everyday activities lead to poor posture: spending too much time sitting at a desk, staring at a computer, bending your head downward to check your smartphone, driving, standing for long periods of time, slouching on the couch while watching TV – or even just sleeping. Poor posture can easily become second nature, causing or aggravating episodes of back pain and damaging spinal structures.
Of course, there are things you can do to improve your posture. You could get a new bed: A 2002 study led by Bert Jacobson, from the School of Applied Health and Educational Psychology, Health and Human Performance, Oklahoma State University, revealed that a prescribed bedding system reduced back pain by 57 percent among a sample of 22 people with documented disturbed sleep, shoulder pain, low back pain, and spine stiffness.
If you spend most of your time working at a computer in an office, be sure your chair and desk are at a proper height, and that your monitor is at eye level.
Stretch your legs and move around for at least five minutes each hour, and don’t forget to take a few 10- to 15-minute breaks, as well. Chiropractic Association of South Africa advocates what it calls “microbreaks.” For example: Stand up and reach overhead with both arms while pretending to climb the rungs of a ladder with your hands. Perform this maneuver for 30 seconds every 30 minutes.
If you believe you have postural problems, chiropractic can help. Correct posture is at the core of Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), which can rehabilitate and reshape your spine to correct your posture. CBP is the most researched and results-oriented type of chiropractic care available, giving their patients permanent back pain relief, as well as postural correction that is unlike any other method.
At the Stability Health Center in downtown Seattle, Dr. Justin Favreau is one of a small percentage of dedicated and highly educated chiropractors certified to practice CBP. If you live in Seattle and want to find out whether you’re a candidate for Chiropractic BioPhysics, please make an appointment at Stability Health Center for a free initial consultation.