Dr. Sharman’s Musings

Poor Posture Can Equate to Lower Back Pain

lower back painLower back pain….I can’t tell you how many people I’ve met through my years practicing chiropractic that suffer from this.  As with the neck and middle back, posture is a huge contributor.  The good news is that there is a lot that you can do to impact your lower back posture and reduce your pain – not to mention get people around you to think you’ve grown taller!

For my final posture blog, I want to address the low back posture.  Normal posture of the low back should include a nice C curve, with the arc of the C facing forward when looking from the side.

“Sway” back

By far the most common postural problem in the low back is the anteriorly tilted pelvis. This can make someone appear as though they are scooping their butt up and back and sticking their stomach out in the front.  This posture is sometimes referred to as “sway ” back.
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Why You Should Be Improving Your Back Posture

improving your back postureOh posture!  It’s that thing we all know we need to focus on a bit more but bad habits, a sedentary lifestyle, our work environment and even genetics sometimes get in the way.  Last month was National Posture Awareness Month – and I shared the importance of good neck posture for avoiding negative health effects.   But the neck is only one aspect of posture – improving your back posture in the upper and middle back, or thoracic spine, is equally important.

The most common problem with posture of the thoracic spine is increased kyphosis, or “hunching.” The thoracic spine should be shaped like a “C” with the inside of the curve facing the front of the body and the arch of the curve going from the middle of the back toward the upper back.  As this curve increases, a person will go from being slouched to severely hunched forward over time.  Hyperkyphosis can restrict breathing and actually reduce heart and lung function, impacting life expectancy.

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