Chronic Pain Relief with Perfect Posture
Millions of Americans and people around the world suffer from chronic pain. Pain in the back and neck areas are two of the more commonly cited of all chronic pains, and these issues can be difficult to deal with, treat and eventually remedy. Chronic pain across the board can have many diverse sources ranging from one’s diet to posture.
The kinds of foods that one eats can trigger chronic back and neck pain. The reason for this is that certain types of foods cause inflammation in the body. One way to address chronic pain of a muscular nature is to skip the inflammation producing foods, such as processed and fast foods, and replace them with healthy whole foods like fruits and vegetables. This is the foundation of dealing with all chronic pain, and this dietary change will serve all of those suffering from chronic pain quite well.
How Does Posture Tie In?
Posture related issues could also be a primary cause of chronic pain. In fact, poor posture can impact one’s health in a range of often-unexpected ways. Poor posture and remaining seated for too many hours out of the day can result in back pain, neck pain, hip pain, other joint pain and even poor digestion. Recent studies have even went so far as to conclude that there is a link between overall longevity and the number of hours that one is seated on an average day.
It is important to note that while good posture is a way of addressing chronic pain, there is no exact agreement on what constitutes “perfect posture.” You more than likely have heard that sitting up straight and standing straight is ideal when it comes to both standing and sitting. But increasingly, many experts, researchers and authors are beginning to challenge this assertion. The reason is that the human spine is a complex mechanism that isn’t perfectly straight. In fact, you have probably noticed that your spine is curved and this does complicate matters considerably.
A Good Book on the Subject
Author Ester Gokhale in her book 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back: Natural Posture Solutions for Pain in the Back, Neck, Shoulder, Hip, Knee and Foot promotes an alternative approach to everything from walking to standing. Her assertion is literally that we are all walking and standing in an unnatural fashion, and that “perfect posture” might not be what we traditionally have been taught.
It is important to listen to your body and how it responds to different stimulus on a day to day basis no matter whether it’s chronic pain or some other aspect of your health. Is there a link between posture and pain and chronic pain? In short, the answer is, of course, yes. But what constitutes optimal posture still seems to be an evolving issue that is open to debate.