Chronic or long term back pain and neck pain is a problem that is hard to live with as well as may be challenging to manage. It may not be a problem directly due to spine but may be caused or related to your walking posture.
What happens in some individuals is that they experience pains in the their backs and necks (more commonly the lower back pain) but when scanned under MRI, the radiographer and doctor tells you that "everything seems okay/normal" and that you "shouldn't feel pain."
Yet, you feel pain, and you're in pain, and you're not lying.
Can this even happen? Yes, it can. We know it can happen because it does happen. You see, there is a difference in static standing/sitting/lying, like when you're not doing anything or any movement, your body is in a state of rest and it looks normal.
You can take a look at the picture on the right, where there are a few different static standing postures. Yes, some are very obviously abnormal even in static standing/lying and these are the obvious cases.
In some cases, one's spine looks normal at rest but in a dynamic situation, meaning that as you move, the continuous stress to your back and neck alters the dynamics of your spine as you move.
A simple example of static loading (static loading means that you don't seem to be moving, but your body is experiencing a load - imagine holding a handphone in your hand for 5 minutes. The first 20 seconds is no problem, but by the 3rd minute your hand should be in excruciating pain - that's static loading). A real life example of this is if your lifestyle or work requires you to be sitting for long hours typing at computers/laptops in an incorrect posture, it can cause repetitive strain injuries to your back, neck, shoulders and wrists, imbalance in the pelvic region, leg length discrepancy issues, improper pronation of your feet, misalignment of your knee, and they all can lead to your back and neck pain.
And that's just about how long sitting can affect our back and neck.
Now imagine what happens as we walk about from home, to work, to groceries, as well as how our bodies dynamically moves as we reach for items, avoid portholes and vehicles, and the list goes on.
Studies show that the average person takes an estimated 3000 - 5000 steps per day. Over the course of a year, that's 1,095,000 to 1,825,000 steps per year, year after year. And we hadn't even factored in if you jog, go for marathons, run after kids and buses etc.
Bearing that in mind, it's no longer hard to imagine the amount of stress placed on your back and neck, day in and day out.
With the walking posture analysis done by our spinal physiotherapists and even our sports physiotherapists, the results provide us with valuable information and insight into the stress factors that influence and affects your lower back. With that, we will have a better understanding on the areas to work on and correct during your physiotherapy treatment sessions and the adjustments that best suit your body's needs.