Olinda Physiotherapist Discusses Postural Syndrome of the Lower Back

Many of my patients present with persistent lower back pain which is caused by regular bad poses.  For many, what they are suffering from is named postural syndrome and it is getting increasingly frequent in today’s overly busy society.

Your lower back is made up of number of supporting structures which includes ligaments, tendons, muscles and connective tissues.  It is the function of these tissues to support the joints of your lower back – ideally with good posture in a neutral position.  Maintaining this ideal length and position guarantees the least amount of strain to the connective tissues of your lower back.  Now, if you slouch in your chair at work or twist or bend repetitively, you do not maintain your ideally suited posture.  This leads to postural syndrome and results in mechanical strain on the supporting structures of your low back. The best way to demonstrate this is to bend your finger in reverse until you have the stretch.  Now, if you bend even more, or hold the stretch for long enough it will undoubtedly start to hurt – that’s mechanical strain on the tissue and joints.

So, if you are sitting slouched for several hours, days, weeks and perhaps years, this mechanical stress amasses and while there is no mechanical injury, these poses become ingrained and thus does the discomfort related to them.

How To Recognize if You Have Lower Back Postural Syndrome

People with postural syndrome ordinarily have painless motion in all ranges. They will basically feel the pain once they embrace a bad position and initially the posture will have to be continued for an extensive period. However, as time passes it will take less time to experience the pain.

Maybe you have been in the very same work for years and but now have pain, and you’re simply wondering why. It’s because it will take time for postural strain to amass – eventually your tissues become overloaded and may no more tolerate the stress. The type of pain you’re feeling is normally experienced as a dull pain in the lower back in the beginning, and that, if not dealt with would propagate to the mid and upper back actually leading to neck pain and headaches. In early periods, pain is relieved by shifting pose, as this enables you to take away the stress off the tissue.  But, after a while the connective tissue fatigues and the pain is more tough to take care of.

Physiotherapy Treatment for Postural Syndrome

Most patients with postural syndrome of the lower back feel no ache when their posture is corrected. However postural correction is tough to achieve and needs a great deal of effort from both your physiotherapist and you.  It is very important to understand that unhealthy posture builds up over years and that it does not resolve instantaneously!

You must be committed in doing your workouts and your physio must be highly trained in releasing the tight structures which are now making it hard for you to have a neutral spine in your selected position.

Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Don’t forget

Avoid
1.Constant sitting or standing
2.Slouching while sitting or standing
3.Actions that make you ache

Undertake
1.Postural advice by your physiotherapist
2.Heat therapy
3.Proper pose

Contact Dandenong Ranges Physiotherapy in Olinda on 9751 0400 for more information or to arrange an assessment.

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