When most people think of back pain, they assume it’s the result of an acute injury, or spinal condition. While these certainly are causes of back pain, a lot of patients experience back and neck pain due to their poor posture. In this physical therapy education article, we are going to offer a few tips for maintaining good posture to prevent back pain.
When you get home from work after a long day, slouching down into your favorite chair or couch can be a great relief. But sitting or lying down in awkward positions for long periods of time can result in neck and back pain.
Work is often the most difficult place to maintain good posture, especially if your job requires you to sit at a desk all day. Do your best to remain conscious of your posture during the work day and pay attention to the ergonomics of your work station. Sit up straight and don’t crane your neck at your computer screen. In addition, make sure your monitor is about an arm’s length away from your face, and that your arms rest on your keyboard at a 90-degree angle.
At the Gym
Working out with poor posture can result in a wide range of exercise-related injuries. Be sure you know the proper form for whatever exercise you’re doing. If you have never done a particular exercise before, ask for help, or look it up!
Physical Therapy Specialists in Minnesota
At OrthoRehab Specialists, we provide compassionate and unparalleled rehabilitation care to patients throughout the Twin Cities and across the state of Minnesota. We offer direct access to physical therapy, meaning you can set up an appointment with us even if you don’t have a referral from a doctor. Our physical therapists have nearly three decades of experience helping patients with a wide range of injuries and conditions. If you are searching for a physical therapist near you, look no further than OrthoRehab Specialists. Contact us today at our Edina or Minneapolis clinic to set up your appointment with one of our physical therapists!