Ormond Physiotherapist Talks about Postural Syndrome of the Lower Back
A lot of my patients present with reoccurring lower back pain which is a result of sustained bad poses. For many, what they are affected by is named postural syndrome and it is becoming more and more common in today’s hectic society.
Your lower back has a number of supporting structures including ligaments, tendons, muscles and connective tissues. It is the function of all of these tissues to support the joints of your lower back - preferably with good posture in a neutral position. Maintaining this excellent length and position ascertains the least amount of strain to the connective tissues of your lower back. Now, if you slouch in your seat at work or twist or bend repetitively, you don't maintain your ideally suited position. This causes postural syndrome and results in mechanical strain on the supporting structures of your low back. The best way to illustrate this is to bend your finger backwards until you feel the stretch. Now, if you bend even more, or hold the stretch for long enough it will undoubtedly begin to hurt - that’s mechanical strain on the tissue and joints.
So, when you are sitting slouched for hours, days, weeks and perhaps years, this mechanical pressure amasses and although there is no mechanical damage, these postures become ingrained and thus does the discomfort connected with them.
How To Diagnose if You Have Lower Back Postural Syndrome
People with postural syndrome normally have pain and ache free movement in all ranges. They will exclusively feel the pain when they choose a poor posture and in the beginning the posture will need to be continued for an prolonged period of time. However, as time goes on it will take less time to feel the pain.
Maybe you have been in the very same job for years and only now are experiencing pain, and you are therefore asking yourself why. It’s because it will take time for postural pressure to build up - ultimately your tissues get overloaded and will no more tolerate the stress. The type of pain you are feeling is normally experienced as a dull soreness in the lower back in the beginning, which, if not treated will spread to the mid and upper back possibly resulting in neck pain and headaches. In early stages, pain is alleviated by altering posture, as this helps you to take the stress off the tissue. However, after a while the connective tissue fatigues and the pain is more tough to resolve.
Physiotherapy Cure for postural syndrome
Most sufferers with postural syndrome of the lower back go through no discomfort once their position is changed. However postural correction is not easy to achieve and takes a great deal of effort from both your physiotherapist and you. It is significant to remember that poor posture builds up over years and that it doesn't resolve right away!
You must be dedicated in performing your workouts and your physio must be highly trained in releasing the tight structures which are now rendering it hard for you to keep a neutral spine in your chosen posture.
Here are some ideas to have you started.
1.Constant sitting or standing
2.Slouching while sitting or standing
3.Activities which make you ache
1.Postural guidance from your physiotherapist
Contact Ormond Physiotherapy – Ormond Physio for more information or to arrange an assessment.