Our bodies were built to move and most of us sit a great portion of our day. Poor posture is a key component to the cause of pain. Most definitely it is not a deficiency in pain killers and muscle relaxants. It used to be older people would start rolling forward and hunching. Now we see with video games, smart phones, and other modern conveniences: any age person is rolling their shoulders forward and slouching.
What’s the remedy? Maybe nothing until you are in enough pain or discomfort to change. When we move wrong, we place constant wear and tear on our joints, primarily our spine. This can lead to other pain in the body like knee pain, plantar fasciitis, shoulder pain, and jaw pain. To learn more you can listen and watch Dr. Eric Goodman, a chiropractor who developed “Foundation Training”. This work is to build a strong posterior chain to support the body with better biomechanics. The posterior chain is the continuum of the back muscles, gluts, hamstrings, and calves acting as one unit. A key factor is to learn to hinge at your hips versus bending with your spine.
You can learn something about Foundation Training by this introduction on a TED presentation below and if you don’t want to listen skip to around 8:30 and start the active movement.