I think we can all agree that the longer we sit at work, in the classroom, or in front of a TV we tend to find ourselves slouched and slumped over, especially towards the end of the day. We all do it, if someone tells you they never have bad posture, they’re lying! Everyone knows that slouching and poor posture can lead to backaches and pains, but there are other lesser-known consequences that can develop as a result of this. Many of these can be avoided by developing good habits!
Short answer: Absolutely! Let’s take a closer look at two separate muscle groups and their relationship with low back pain. These two muscle groups include the hip flexors and the deep hip rotators. The vast majority of society will sit for the majority of the day and become less active with aging. The result of this is tight hip flexors, a change in the position of the pelvis, loss of hip mobility/range of motion, and among other things can lead to low back pain.
Prolonged use of a computer keyboard, mouse, and/or laptop can lead to nagging muscle aches and pains over time. Along with that, nerves can become compressed and irritated. When that happens, radiating pain may be felt down the arm into the fingers or down the leg into the toes. It’s important to note that these aches and pains don’t suddenly develop overnight. They are the result of sustained postures and positions repeated for weeks, months, or even years!
Inflammation is your body’s way of protecting itself. However, it can sometimes have a negative effect if not managed correctly. Signs of acute inflammation include redness, pain, heat and swelling. A good example of this is a sprained ankle. We manage these episodes of inflammation to promote proper healing. Inflammation can also affect our body’s normal physiology if it becomes chronic. This inflammation is often ignored, as it occurs without any noticeable symptoms initially.
The sacroiliac joint, or SI joint, is another common culprit of low back pain. In fact, up to 30% of low back pain can be attributed to this joint. It’s formed where the sacrum (tailbone) and ilium (pelvis) come together on either side of the body. It’s an important joint because it transfers weight from the lower body to the upper body and vice versa. Why does this matter? Well, every time you walk or run your SI joints distribute the shock from the ground across the pelvis, which reduces strain on the spine.