A large population of people sit at a desk for their occupation and they sit for long periods of time. This can create neck, mid-back, or lower back pain. It can also lead to pain down the leg if he or she does not have “proper” posture. Some people could also sit for years and years and NEVER have pain.
When we look at posture, first we look at how the person sits. Do they sit at a tall desk and have to look up all day? Do they look at a computer screen and look over their shoulder all day? We want to get an idea of what long standing posture could be creating your pain. From there we look to modify your posture for your daily life so that it won’t cause you pain.
The best thing we can do is show YOU exercises and tips. Our job is to help reduce whatever symptoms you’re experiencing and try to help remodel tissue that is dysfunctional. YOUR job – we are a team – is to take the education, exercise tips, and posture tips that we give you and implement them into your daily routine so we can prevent the postural pain from returning. This will, in turn, help you correct your posture. It should be noted that if you don’t do your part, the pain may not go away or stay away for long.
Two common syndromes seen with people who have had poor posture for a long period of time include upper cross syndrome and lower cross syndrome. Lower cross syndrome is a combination of tight and weak muscles. The combination creates what we call an anterior tilt or a dumping of the pelvis forward. The weak muscles include the glutes (your butt muscles) and you core muscles (in your abdomen). Then the tight muscles include your low back muscles and your hip flexors. This can create low back pain when you stand or sit.
Upper cross syndrome, very similar to lower cross syndrome, is in the neck and upper back. Same combo, but different muscle groups. This combination creates what we call an anterior head carriage or forward chuting of the chin and head. The weak muscles include the deep neck flexors (the muscles in the FRONT of your neck) and your mid back muscles (rhomboids, middle trapezius, lower trapezius). The tight muscles include your chest muscles (pectoralis major and pectoralis minor) and your upper neck muscles (suboccipital muscles, upper trapezius, and levator scapula). This can create neck pain when we stand or even when we sit.
These issues can be corrected! But it comes with exercise and postural tips.
See, short and sweet.
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