One of the leading causes of back pain is poor posture and many activities contribute to it, especially those requiring intense focus and limited movement, such as in the case of an office worker hovering over their computer all day. Other examples include long periods of driving or even sleeping in awkward positions. Indeed, in today’s 21st century sedentary society, the most common cause of poor posture is also the most common activity – sitting. When you slouch forward you place tremendous stress on your spinal discs and joints and that can really weaken your upper body muscles. In turn, this can lead to substantial pain in your neck, shoulders and upper back.
It’s incredibly important that we actively think about ways to combat poor posture. At the office, you can hire an ergonomics specialist to come in and assess your work environment to make sure you’re using the latest techniques and devices. It’s also a good idea to take a quick break every 30 minutes or so – just stand up from whatever you’re doing and have a quick walk around the office or better yet, go outside and take a brisk stroll. You’ll get some fresh air, feel energized and help work some of the kinks out of your muscles before they get the chance to grow into problems.
Regardless your office decisions, you absolutely have to make sure you’re maintaining good posture in your everyday activities. It’s tough too; it’s easy to forget and slide back into old habits. Luckily, there’s a fairly simple and effective solution – kinesiology tape. If you haven’t heard of it, you may have seen it on athlete’s bodies. No longer just a tool for athletes, kinesiology tape is being prescribed more and more for situations such as this case, where sensory-feedback can help remind of the need to straighten up.
Kinesiology tape is thin and stretchy with a non-alergenic acrylic adhesive on one side and available in a wide variety of colors and shapes. Engineered to match human skin in elasticity and thickness, therapeutic kinesiology tape neither constricts nor restricts natural range of motion. In this sort of application, kinesiology tape can help relieve posture pain by spreading the load on your neck muscles across your shoulders. Moreover, when you slouch, you’ll feel the tape stretch on your skin – a simple but effective form of sensory-feedback.
If you suffer from back pain and would like to see how kinesiology tape can work for you, simply click the “Book Now” button to make an appointment with one of our trained RMTs.