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Posture and Lower Back Pain

Lower backLower Back Pain affects up to 80 percent of the population. It can come on suddenly or evolve over time.

Its causes are many with most cases lasting only a short period. However, persistent lower back pain can last for a while and have a direct impact on the quality of life, and potentially our ability to work in our daily activities. While the causes of lower back pain are many, some underlying considerations can affect not only how it progresses, but how to possibly improve lower back pain.

How can our Posture have an effect on Lower Back Pain?

Many factors can influence how we experience the long-term effects of lower back pain. To solely consider the point of pain can be limiting when looking for long-term solutions – for a long-term problem. Often the answer lies not just at the point of pain, but in the way we stand, sit, rest, and play.

Lower back and pelvisWe need to take a step back when considering Lower Back Pain. What exactly are we talking about when we say lower back pain? Are we referring to that place in the small of the back and go searching for answers just there, or should we look at how all the various parts that surround and include the lower back function together.

Consider the lumbar spine, the region we often refer to, or take hold of, when we experience lower back pain. Yes, pain can and does materialize in this area, but quite often what may have caused this situation to occur is not just a local condition or consideration but the effect of poor posture patterns.

Lower Back Pain and Posture Considerations

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