Bad Posture Causes Back and Neck Pain

Bad Posture Causes Back and Neck Pain

University of Carolina researchers found that 80% of Americans will suffer from back pain in their lifetime with losses of over $100 billion a year stemming from decreased worker efficiency and healthcare costs.  Back pain appears to be on the rise, especially with the advent of technology.  Children grow up hunched over phones and tablets playing games only to grow up finding themselves hunched over their keyboard at work. According to the European Journal of Pain, there is a correlation between age and back pain, with a 13% increase in chances of death for those with chronic back pain in later life.

Posture Pump states that most back and neck pain is attributed to poor posture.  Since the neck and spine are connected, a problem in one area can lead to problems in the other.  When you are slumped over your computer you are putting a lot of pressure on the muscles in your neck and back leading to aches and pains.   Spine Health confirms that this long exposure to poor posture puts unneeded stress on one’s joints, muscles, and spine leading to further pain.

The importance of good posture to our health and well-being is obvious. So what is the ideal posture? People should sit up straight with their hips balanced, shoulders pulled back, spine erect, and feet flat on the floor. It's important to note that your spine is naturally curved, so a chair with lumbar support is beneficial. It's best to stay upright when standing so your body can stack up in the best possible way. An upright posture not only improves your health and reduces pain, it can also help you appear more confident.

Even with proper posture, sitting for long periods of time is still unhealthy and can have dire consequences in the long run. Standing desks and ergonomic chair are highly recommended as they keep you in a more active, upright position. It is also important to remain active and take a break from sitting at least every 30 minutes.

Practicing good posture is essential to avoid back and neck pain, but it takes time and effort; Mychairs can help make the transition to a healthier lifestyle easier.

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