How Bad Posture Can Lead To Back Pain

By: Eileen Pelletier Aug 21, 2015
How Bad Posture Can Lead To Back Pain

Understand the importance of correct posture day and night.

According to the Mayo Clinic, your spine is strong and stable when you practice healthy posture. But when you stoop or slouch, your muscles and ligaments struggle to keep you balanced — which can lead to back pain, headaches and other problems.

Spine Health claims that correct posture is a simple but very important way to keep the many intricate structures in the back and spine healthy. It is much more than cosmetic - good posture and back support are critical to reducing the incidence and levels of back pain and neck pain.

Harvard Health says that most of us get back pain at some point in our lives. It may be due to a sports-related injury, an accident, or a congenital condition such as scoliosis. But most of the time, upper or lower back pain develops during the course of day-to-day life. Repetitive activities at work or home, such as sitting at a computer or lifting and carrying, may produce tension and muscle tightness that result in a backache. How many of us has read about the dangers of staying seated all day at a desk, texting, improper lifting?

Yet, the focus always seems to be on posture during the day. A much smaller percentage of practitioners talk about sleep posture. Yet, we spend 1/3 of our lives in bed! In fact, considering that the optimum hours of sleep for an adult is 7-8 hours, we spend about the same amount of time in bed, as at the office.

For side sleepers, who make up anywhere from 70%-85% of people (depending which studies you read), incorrect sleep posture is definitely a cause of back pain. It is important that patients/clients are shown how to ensure that their hips are properly aligned, and their spine kept in a neutral position, through the night. Professionals can help reduce back pain, but if their sleep posture is incorrect, the back pain will just keep coming back.

Help support the work you do, by understanding the importance of correct posture day and night.

Eileen is the CEO of Pillow Solve Inc. in Montreal, QC. She always knew she had to come up with a solution for her sore knees and painful back. Having always slept on her side, Eileen tried a big pillow between her knees, but it made it hard to turn over at night, often waking her up. She then tried a small pillow but lost it during the night when she moved. Then, Eileen started working on designing a pillow that was comfortable and stayed in place all night long. After 2 years of development, Eileen created Sleepy Kneez®, the knee pillow that is both comfortable and stays firmly between your knees all night. She is passionate about posture, especially posture at night as this can greatly affect how you feel during the day!