Body Posture and Pain Relationship

6 03 2008

Is there a relationship between correct anatomical posture and pain?  “The answer is definitely yes!”  Have you experienced acute (short-term), or chronic (long-term) pain in your major weight bearing joints or muscles?  The joint areas that come to mind:  Feet, ankles, knees, hips, back, neck.  Do you experience muscular and/or joint swelling, radiating pain, or nerve aggravation in these areas especially when you exert yourself (working, or exercising, etc.)?  Have the doctors diagnosed you with “acute, or chronic body strains, or sprains?”  Does the only answer for relief seem that your pain management program has a never ending supply of pharmaceuticals?  Have you begun to experience other health issues since you’ve been taking pharmaceutical prescriptions [such as headaches, Irritable Bowel Syndrome “read IBS health article at our site,” upset stomach, racing, or irregular heart rate, sick more often, no energy, body weight out of control, etc., the list goes on!].

What would you say if I told you, “You could completely remove or significantly reduce the pain at the joint, thereby eliminating your only other pain intervention options:  More pills and unnecessary health risks.  No doubt surgical intervention “will” follow if nothing else changes as you age [conditions will turn chronic if not managed correctly!].  Do you really want to go this route?  Or do you want an alternative and preventative measure to get your health back?  I think the answer is 100% “Yes, I want my health!”  To reduce or eliminate pain one needs to consider correcting the foot posture first as there is a high correlation with other posture pain.   Poor posture is responsible for many strains i.e., overexerted muscle, ligament, nerve, disc, tendon that has become overworked, overstretched around a joint [or where a traumatic impact has created a short-term injury].  The biggest difference with a strain vs. “sprain” is the severity of damage [sprains are typically long-term injuries].  The sprain injury is commonly substantiated and verified with MRI equipment (Magnetic Resonance Imaging can see muscular, tendon, disc or ligament tear(s), etc.).   Postural pain typically begins at the feet and works its way up the major load bearing joints of our bodies creating many radiating pain centers as we age (back strains are common posture problems and can become sprained!).  Follow my recommendations listed below to correct poor posture… “Look first at the foot, the most under diagnosed cause of postural pain.”  Don’t live in pain!  You don’t have to.

1.   I highly recommend you read “Manage Acute Back Pain.”  Go to our home site; also see other “Recently Syndicated Health Articles (Health, Weight Management & Fitness Categories).
2.   Seek a referral from your Primary Physician to get a diagnosis from podiatry (foot) specialist if your feet are causing you pain and/or if other weight bearing structural areas of your body hurt.
3.   Get foot orthotics that exercise the foot arches.  Don’t pay $300-$1500/year from your podiatrist. Click on our site foot, or postural alignment image icon on our home page  Then click on Pain Center Page.  Read about “Posture Control Insoles” ~$50.00/pair.
4.   Also a good weight reduction plan will reduces “pain load” on your postural structure (See Purity Supplements, etc.,” look in our “Wellness Product Stores tab”).
5.   Exercise routine with low pain aggravation.  Walk, stationary bike, etc., 20min day/3x wk.
6.   Wean off of pharmaceuticals if you’re having a pain free day.  Drink 6-8 glasses of water/day.
7.   Use the Wellness store supplements for Natural Joint health maintenance.

Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2008 Copyright.  All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing,,, Sign up for your Free eNewsletter