Why is posture so important to doing physical therapy for back and neck pain?
The three natural curves of the spine plus the discs in the spine help absorb the "shock" or "forces" of everyday life. Jobs or tasks that require bending forward all day (in addition to the 3,000 and 5,000 times a day we ordinarily bend forward), decrease the natural curves of the spine, resulting in more stress being placed on the back side of ligament and joints of cervical and lumbar spine.
- Overall, bad posture results in more wear and tear on the spinal structures.
- After age 30, all the years of straining the normal tissue from slouching eventually decreases structural stability, allowing for greater wearing down of ligaments.
- Postural misalignment can cause radiating pain away from the back and spine due, for instance, to a pinched nerve; and muscle spasms can create headaches and neck/scapular pain.
- Pain often begins as a soreness or stiffness in the neck and shoulder blades and can progress to headache pressure and band-like symptoms around head and/or back tightness that can progress to the hip, leg, and toes.
- Many factors contribute to the onset of pain, including job duties, hobbies, household responsibilities, studying, and genetics.