Chiropractor Questions Posture

I have a problem with my posture that is causing back pain. What should I do?

I am suffering from back pain which is primarily due to my bad posture especially when I am sitting. I tend to slouch. I also have a very stressful lifestyle which causes my pain to increase especially when I am sitting or standing for long hours. What can I do to correct my posture? Or is it too late?

27 Answers

It’s not too late unless you are over 70. . Even then I had one patient who at 80 we helped stand up straighter but it took over four months of diligent work. Find yourself a good chiropractor and ask what exercises and stretches you can do In conjunction with your chiropractic care. I find my chiropractic adjustments and the patient doing exercises at home especially with a foam roller work very well.
Not too late, but an exam should be first.
Work on your core strengthening. Bridges, etc. It’s rarely ever too late. ❤️
Never too late! Find a chiropractor that does CBP if you really want to correct posture!

Sitting is the new smoking. See the video at the bottom of this page titled "Sitting is the New Smoking"
It is never too late to correct your posture. I have my patients do specific postural exercises. Any questions feel free to call me at (631)462-0917
First you did not mention your age. So to answer your question would be difficult. Motion is the most important thing for all ages. The longer you sit depending on what you are sitting on (couch, chair, stool) and your posture in or on them will create some of the complaint you have
Hey, It is not too late to correct your posture. You can schedule time with your chiropractor to help with your posture and the back pain. Poor posture can cause a lot of problems down the road. You need to take care of this and also the stress lifestyle. We are located in Grand Rapids, MI .
You can always work on correcting your posture. I even tell that to my elderly patients. I would simply go to a chiropractor that you trust, ask them about your issues and see what they recommend.
My recommendation is to get to a Chiropractor as soon as possible. Dr Roger Sherry won the Nobel prize for brain research in 1980, he found that 90% of the energy of the brain is for relating the body to gravity... I’ve been saying for 22 years as a Chiropractor,”GRAVITY SUCKS”...9.85m/sec2, gravity is pulling us to Earth. My specialty is helping people understand about their bodies in this gravity environment in which we live. I teach people how to sit, stand and sleep in the least stressful positions to decrease the effects of gravity on their bodies.

Knowledge is power, and we never had that class in elementary, Jr High, High school nor College...”GRAVITY AND YOU”. In terms of is it too late, we all deal with the limits of matter, your age and degree of postural dysfunction will determine what can be done to help you. Please call a Doctor of Chiropractic ASAP to find out. I believe that with proper understanding, we can get better everyday until our last breath.
A chiropractor will show you how to correct your posture.
There are many exercises you can do to improve posture. Most issues are caused by weak structural muscles. Chiropractic adjustments combined with specific exercises can help restore more a normal posture. See your chiropractor. 
Yours in health,
Dr. Z
It’s not too late at all. Let’s start with the simple approach: posture exercises. Simply google posture exercises and lots should pop up. One I teach often is standing one inch from an open door threshold with arms bent at elbows 90 degrees and up 90 degrees in armpit. Then looking forward, exhale into a lean forward while feeling the stretch in top chest into shoulders. While that’s happening , contract shoulder blades together in back and hold 3 seconds each time. Do ten times in morning and 10 times at night for 3-5 second holds. Stretching front of shoulders and contracting between the blades. This will help improve total body posture.

Hope this helped. As always, Got your back. Dr Todd Gewant

It's never too late to improve your posture, but it must be done by concentrating on strengthening your whole body and not just your spine. Focus on core stabilization exercises like planks and bridges as well as compound exercises like squats, pull ups, and push ups. This will help you work the right muscles that allow you to become more upright with better posture. One specific exercise I give our patients are knows as wall angels. They look like a pull up but done up against a wall and without having to actually pull yourself up. Look on youtube for these exercises.
Posture may be corrected with chiropractic treatments. When you have too much compression from poor sitting positions and the weight of gravity to our spine the nerves get irritated and that will also cause our muscles to shorten. With a specific regiment of adjustments, muscle therapy, stretches, and exercises we can help assist your posture. To say specifically how much we would need to do a musculatoskeletal examination for you.
The short answer is to see a chiropractor. They are all spine specialists, so all will be able to help to some degree. I have found that ABC (Advanced Biostructural Correction) is the best technique for correcting posture.

The longer answer:
If money is a factor, first try to use posture braces along with stretches and exercises. The internet is a great resource. This avenue is difficult to continue and seldom corrects the underlying root of the problem, or weakness.
Regular chiropractic treatment in conjunction with custom made orthotics from Foot Levelers, Inc. and a muscle strengthening/joint mobilization rehab program should substantially help your problem.
Very complicated question without seeing the extend of damage and a more accurate diagnosis it is hard to give you a yes or no.

We have come a long way in this area of postural changes causing spinal pain. Posture is non volitionally controlled. You can force an over rodenin the system and voluntarily change it but it won’t be plastic or long lasting. Adjusting it isn’t going to be a long term effects you are looking for but may allieviate the pain experienced with postural changes.

See a FNOR doc for help.
Posture is a window to the spine. Therefore, it is highly likely that you have spinal misalignments and perhaps abnormal spinal curvature. You can try to practice better posture regularly or try stretching or exercises, but by far the best thing that you could do is to have those spinal misalignments corrected properly first and foremost. The best doctor to help you with that would be a specific chiropractor. Find one near you that you can trust and go get checked out by them. Be sure that they at least take X-rays of your entire spine to measure and analyze and show you what's wrong.

If you need help in finding a good one, hopefully near you, I would be happy to help.

All my best,

Dr. Robert Arnone
Stand with your back against the wall. Your head shoulders and butt should touch the wall. This is the best posture. It requires effort to maintain. Over time the discs and vertebra can degenerate. If this happens it may not be possible for a fully correct posture. Do the best you can. It has been proven that posture can even effect attitude and health. If your head is tilted way forward try going to bed with a towel rolled up behind your neck. The head should not touch the bed. Do that for 10 minutes each night. It will slowly help.

Anything you do to improve posture will be worth the effort.

Best of health to you!!
There is a specific exercise that I teach to my patient's that specifically addresses this concern. It is a stabilization exercise that focuses on restoring the structural architecture of the low back.

1) Start by sitting on your seat with you feet comfortably planted on the ground shoulder width apart.
2) Then feel the small of your back, while contracting your abdominal muscle, consciously push in the small of your back while you're feeling the curve of your lumbar spine increase. Hold that position for one to two seconds, then release.
3) Perform this exercise periodically throughout the day while your in the sitting position. Over time, you'll begin to experience an improvement in your overall posture. A decrease in you low back pain.

Also, postural-wise, I would educate my patients regarding avoiding acquiring, "Upper Cross Syndrome". That is the very common slouched forward upper extremity posture due to the imbalance in hypertonicity of the Pectoralis and Anterior Deltoids musculature as opposed to the weak, laxity of the Posterior Deltoid, Posterior portion of the Trapezius, Supraspinatus and Rhomboid muscles in the back.

the remedy for this condition is to decrease the hypertonicity of the anterior muscular structures and strengthen the posterior muscular structures to create a more harmonic relationship and a better symbiotic relationship between the agonist and the antagonist structures.
Do posture exercises. You can find them online on Youtube.
It is never too late to start improving your posture. The body is made to repair, regenerate, and adapt to its environment. Abnormal posture can be treated with spinal manipulation by a chiropractor. Spinal manipulation or adjustments move the misaligned bones back into their proper place. This causes imbalanced muscles to move into a relaxed position. In addition, postural improvement exercises support the spinal manipulations by reducing stress on the muscles, joints, and ligaments.
Get your spine aligned and start sitting properly
It is never too late to correct your posture. There are different stretches that can be done to help alleviate pain and help correct posture. There are also devices you can use, such as posture bands, to help keep your back sitting up while you learn to make this your daily habit. Chiropractic treatment can also help correct your posture.

Neck stretches: gently lower your left ear towards your left shoulder. Hold for 10-15 deep breaths. Repeat on opposite side.

Neck rotations: slowly turn your chin towards one shoulder. Hold for 10-15 deep breaths. Repeat on opposite side.

Do you live in the Rockford area?
Visiting a chiropractor may help. I also recommend yoga to help my patients with this same issue.
No it's not too late. Your muscles that are attached to the spine could be tight and causing the spine to twist, or you can have a subluxation somewhere in the spinal column or another joint, pulling, pushing or twisting that joint out of it's proper position causing a posture imbalance. There is more to it than that but I'm just trying to give you an idea of things that can go wrong, that you may not think about. Get yourself a check up with a Chirpractor.