Improper posture may put too much stress on your back and neck and
lead to discomfort and damage. The key to good back posture is to keep the
right amount of curve in your lower back. Too much curve (swayback) or too
little curve (flat back) can result in problems. The right amount of curve is
called the neutral position.
Proper posture will not guarantee a pain-free back or neck, but it
may reduce your risk for back and neck pain.
For many people, back pain seems like an unavoidable discomfort. But you may have more control than you think.
You can wreck your back in any number of ways, but a few major offenders stand out: Not stretching, not paying attention to your movements, and years of wear and tear, says Nick Shamie, MD, associate professor of orthopedic neurosurgery at UCLA and a spokesman for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Here are five habits that put your spine at risk and simple strategies to stop...