Back Pain and Posture
Back pain and Posture: Practical advice to help relieve back pain and address poor posture. Back pain can be debilitating, take control of your back pain now. Read our blog posts to help you understand more about how posture can affect your spine, neck, shoulders and back, and how simple changes to the way you sit at work, at home, the way you stand and more can all help relieve the pain your have been suffering.
When I first met Laura at Kirkys Therapies, I was suffering with a lot of tension in my back caused by a sedentary job, and a lot of heavy lifting and moving at the weekends (garden makeover and a house move).
As the months went by, and Laura worked her magic, I felt the neck tension get better and the back pain lessen. Regular massage certainly seemed to be working.
Stopping The Routine
Then I stopped the regular massage (the house move took over my life for a bit) and the pain came back with a vengeance. In fact the pain had moved into my hip too.
The pain was so bad that even sitting for prolonged periods caused a searing, burning ache in my hip and buttock.
How I Benefit
Eventually, I called Laura and booked myself in for a very gentle (ish) massage.
Laura realised I was one giant knot, and set to work on my aching body. The crunching and popping slowly ceased with every prod and poke, and after a little bit of movement to release the soft tissue in my hip and buttock, Laura ended the hour with a much needed head massage to help unwind me.
I booked myself in for the following month.
I can honestly say that in the days between the massage, I felt no hip pain whatsoever until the two days before the next massage was due.
It was like someone had taken the pain away and popped it into a box for safekeeping.
I would recommend a regular massage to anyone, as it helps relieve my tension and pain on a long-term basis.
Of course, my story may be very different to yours, but I really appreciate the effort Laura goes to, to ensure that I am crunch and pop free until the next time.
A new client comes in with back pain or neck issues and fills in the new client form for me. I take a look at their posture. I also take a look at their occupation and am usually quite accurate in guessing where their problems are before they speak.
Plasterers, builders and plumbers I would ask if their issues are with knees, buttocks and lower back. The answer is nearly always yes (although not always yes to the knees ).
Pavers, window washers and electricians have issues with their thoracic and cervical spine / upper back, shoulders and neck and sometimes along the arm with tingling sensations in their fingers.
Neck Tension and the Cervical Spine
Secretaries and administration officers also have upper back and neck issues, plus their shoulders tend to be very rounded and their heads tilted too far forward. This automatically puts a strain on the neck and shoulder muscles. Have you weighed your head? It is rather heavy, you know. When your neck tilts forward constantly, the muscles in your neck and shoulder have to support that weight. Dowagers Hump forms at C7 (cervical spine vertebrae 7) and tension builds in the neck muscles. The Trapezius muscle also takes the strain. There are a lot of muscles connected in the neck which help support the heads upright position. When the neck is not upright but tilted forward – all those muscles are now stressing because they have to work extra hard to support your head and eventually, it takes its toll. This leads to – Common Back or Neck Problems!
When your work is repetitive – any repeated unnatural postural position that is putting a lot of strain and stress on your body, the result is stressed muscle fibres. Constant pressure placed on the muscles, ligaments and tendons in your body lends itself to complaints of back-ache, sciatica, piriformis syndrome, tension headaches and migraines, impaired mobility, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel…. the list goes on and on.
Then along comes a stress overload and the muscle spasms, stretches, strains or tears. Either way, the owner of that body is in a lot of pain or at least really uncomfortable with a constant dull ache.
A session is booked with the massage therapist/masseuse (me) to ‘fix’ their Back Neck or Shoulder Pain & Poor Posture. The issue probably won’t reverse and correct unless the client changes their postural habits though.
Posture is so very important in everyday life. Common back or neck problems are so often associated with poor posture. I attended a Manual Handling Train the Trainer course with National Training Services and learned quite a lot from that (along with my Level 3 Anatomy & Physiology Course for massage). That information helps me now in my personal life but also helps me recognise postural issues causing so much trouble for my clients.
It has so much to do with that dreaded word – POSTURE.
Be aware of your spine. Be aware of correct positioning and correct posture because that is being responsible for your own health and wellbeing and encourages others to take the same precautions.
I am booked on a CPD course in July 2018 covering Postural Correction (hosted by the Federation of Holistic Therapists) and I am really looking forward to applying my new learning and skills to my existing work as a Massage Therapist.