While studies suggest that stress is a key factor causing back pain, it is as well very clear the poor posture is a major cause too.
Adopting particular postures over prolonged periods, for instance, driving long distances can bring about back pain.
The following are the ways bad posture leads to back pain:
Hunched Back & Text Neck
Working all day on your computer can make you adopt a poor postural habit without knowing, such as bending over the keyboard for long.
Such a posture leads to having a weak upper back and a tight chest.
Over time, you may develop a rounded upper back something that causes upper back and shoulder stiffness.
Prolonged mobile phone usage like texting makes you hang your head forward for long, similarly leading to upper back and neck pain.
Cradling Your Phone
Holding the phone handset in between the ear and shoulder without the aid of your hand causes neck, shoulders, and upper back muscle strain.
Engaging in this behavior for long will strain your muscles as well as other soft tissues resulting in some muscle imbalance, something that causes neck, shoulder and back pain.
Standing with Flat Back
If you stand with your back flat then the lower back will be flat and not curved as normal. In addition, the pelvis will be tucked.
Now, this position makes you stoop forward. It is challenging for individuals with flat backs to stand for long.
They are forced by muscle imbalances to adopt this kind of a position. Another cause may be a prolonged sitting position.
A flat back position makes a person’s neck, as well as the head, lean forward something that results in upper back and neck strain when prolonged.
Slouching in a Chair
The added pressure on the lower back exerted by sitting comes from your upper body shifting forward.
This way, the back muscles are forced to strain in order to hold you upright.
Pressure on the lower back is increased approximately ten to fifteen times by slouching as much as the time you are lying flat.
Hunching exerts pressure on the neck and upper back muscles causing pain.
Leaning on a Single Leg
Hanging on your hip while standing feels comfortable particularly if changing your position after prolonged standing.
What this does is exert too much pressure on a single side of the hip and lower back instead of having the core muscles and the buttocks hold you upright.