Why does Good posture hurt my back?

When i slouch i have less back pain than i do when when i sit up straight with good posture. my friends call me a hunchback but it feels more comfortable with the slouch, I’m 16 and never had good posture, i was wondering what i could do to stop the pain when i sit straight. Also is this normal?

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  • There are a few reasons why this could be.

    Many young people slouch because they feel awkward, are self-conscious, or their usually more mobile skeletons feel more comfortable in those positions. Young people have very mobile joints and ligaments which may make you capable of assuming positions that would be uncomfortable to others.

    So – good posture ordinarily should not hurt you.

    1) Your Muscles have changed over the time you’ve been slouching (and growing!).

    Since your musculo-skeletal system (bones & muscles) are very good at remodeling, and as a teenager, your bones have only recently assumed their final form, it’s possible that your muscles in your neck, back and shoulders shortened slightly because they were rarely held in the anatomically “neutral” position you are speaking of.

    Every skeleton has muscles, that attach to the bones usually in pairs or groups. Each pair or group acts on that bone in opposing directions. A good example of this are your biceps and triceps muscle, on the front and back of your upper arm. You need strength in both sides in order to have a functioning arm – good posture is possible only with this balance of opposing muscles. If you have slouched for a very long time, especially during growth, it’s very likely that your body has been moving in ways that are less efficient for your muscles, and not exercising certain muscles that would oppose each other and contribute to good posture. The result is that certain muscles are not accustomed to working during posture and would grow achy or fatigued when you try to assume a proper posture. This is called deconditioning – where muscles that once had the capacity to act in their natural way, don’t.

    the good news is, this can change! With some personal discipline to practice good posture, and some everyday stretches and strengthening exercises, you will have no problem with standing up straight. You may also find that time will help you as your skeletal system matures (or not!). Sign up for a sport, exercise class, or get a gym membership and learn how to do some fun, routine activities that will help your muscles remember what they are there for. Swimming is a really good one!

    2. You could have an underlying skeletal issue that makes “proper” posture more difficult.

    Of course, “proper” posture is proper because it’s an anatomical norm, but that doesn’t mean that everyone is built that way. Some people, especially in teenagers, it is possible to have a curvature of the spinal column (your backbones) to the side, in a rotation, or to the front or back. Most commonly, adolescent girls (and some boys) can have something called adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. This is a condition where your spine has a lateral (sideways) curve, causing your trunk to slouch or curve to the side. People with this condition often see an orthopedic specialist (or a family doctor) who can diagnose it by examining the patient’s body in a series of poses. A pelvic obliquity (non-level pelvis), uneven shoulders, or a “crick” in your neck would indicate a case of scoliosis.

    Scoliosis and related conditions Lordosis and Kyphosis (all curvatures of the spine in a different pattern) all have an effect on the neutral posture of the body, and if you did have this condition, you may indeed find it difficult to assume a full height posture.

    This is considerably more rare than possibility #1, but easy to check out. If you are concerned about scoliosis, see your family doctor. Otherwise, get more physically active, and if you feel you need it, see a physiotherapist for advice and exercises for how to improve your posture. It’s an investment you won’t regret!

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    Why does Good posture hurt my back?

    When i slouch i have less back pain than i do when when i sit up straight with good posture. my friends call me a hunchback but it feels more comfortable with the slouch, I’m 16 and never had good posture, i was wondering what i could do to stop the pain when i sit straight. Also is this normal?

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