You may have been told your back pain is due to your weight, age or even large breasts, but doctors have found the true reason and how to avoid it.
According to new research from the British Chiropractic Association (BCA), the shape of a woman’s side profile could be used as an indicator of neck and back problems.
Many woman report back pain from as young as 34, and now studies have shown why we can suffer from this point on – it’s down to posture. Yep! Mum was right.
Women whose heads lean forward are most likely to be currently suffering from back or neck pain (58%), followed by those with an arched back (56%).
• Spoon – flat back, rounded shoulders
• Leaning tower – head leans forward
• Bridge – arched back
• Flat-pack – flat back
“People who want to improve their back and neck pain symptoms through a better posture should try imagining they have a plumb line hanging straight from their ears to ankles – with everything in the middle sitting on the same line.
“One way to do this is to try standing in a relaxed way and then gently contracting the abdominal muscles. When sitting, the gravity line should pass thorough ear, shoulder and hip”.
The BCA has also developed a program of simple stretches and exercises that can improve posture and help prevent back pain by promoting balance, strength and flexibility in the spine, which can be viewed here.
Tell us, what type of side shape do you have? Do you suffer from back pain regularly?