Preston Physiotherapist Talks about Postural Syndrome of the Lower Back

Many of my patients present with recurring lower back pain which is brought on by continued poor positions.  For many, what they are encountering is named postural syndrome and it is getting increasingly common in today’s fast paced society.

Your lower back has a combination of supporting structures such as ligaments, tendons, muscles and connective tissues.  It is the role of all of these tissues to support the joints of your lower back – preferably with good posture in a simple position.  Maintaining this ideal length and position warranties minimal magnitude of stress to the connective tissues of your lower back.  Now, if you slouch in your seat at the job or twist or bend repetitively, you do not maintain the suitable posture.  This results in postural syndrome and results in mechanical pressure on the supporting structures of your low back. The best way to illustrate this is to bend your finger backwards before you have the stretch.  Now, if you bend even further, or hold the stretch for long enough it may absolutely start to hurt – that’s mechanical pressure on the tissue and joints.

So, when you are sitting slouched for hours, days, weeks and even years, this mechanical pressure accumulates and although there is no mechanical damage, these postures become ingrained and thus does the pain associated with them.

How To Diagnose if You Have Lower Back Postural Syndrome
Individuals with postural syndrome ordinarily have painless movement in all ranges. They’ll just experience the pain once they adopt a bad pose and initially the position will need to be continued for an extensive time. However, as time goes on it will take less time to experience the pain.

You may have been in the very same job for years and only now are experiencing pain, and you are therefore thinking why. It’s because it will take time for postural strain to build up – finally your tissues become overloaded and can no longer tolerate the load. The kind of pain you feel is typically experienced as a dull soreness in the lower back initially, and this, if not treated would spread out to the mid and upper back perhaps causing neck pain and headaches. During the early phases, pain is relieved by switching pose, as this helps you to take away the tension off the tissue.  Nevertheless, over time the ligament fatigues and the pain is more hard to solve.

Physiotherapy Treatment for postural syndrome
Most patients with postural syndrome of the lower back go through no discomfort once their pose is adjusted. However postural correction is not easy to attain and needs a great deal of effort from both your physiotherapist and you.  It is significant to remember that bad position evolves over several years and that it does not resolve through the night!

You have to be committed in performing your workouts and your physio needs to be highly skilled in releasing the tight structures which are now rendering it a hardship on you to keep a neutral backbone in your selected posture.

Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Bear in mind

Prevent
1.Constant sitting or standing
2.Slouching while sitting or standing
3.Actions which make you ache

Take on
1.Postural guidance from your physiotherapist
2.Heat therapy
3.Proper posture
Contact Preston Physiotherapy – Physical Health Care for more information or to arrange an assessment.

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