If you have back pain when walking or standing, it would be good if you could look for cues that bring it on. Back pain just doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Something causes it. A lot of the time, it’s caused by how we move.
With that thought in mind, here are a few questions that you could ask yourself:
- How is my posture? Slouched or straight?
- Do I take small steps or big steps?
- Do I swing my arms from the shoulders?
These are just a few questions that you could ask yourself. There are others that are probably more specific to your body type and activity level.
Changing Movement Patterns To Improve Back Pain When Walking
So, what’s the point?
Generally how you move let’s you know a little more about the conditions of your muscles. Remember, most cases of back pain are not caused by serious conditions. They are caused by tight and weak muscles.
For instance, if you have very little arm swing, the muscles in your torso and mid-section are probably a little tight. This tightness can lead to a sore and stiff back.
So, getting back to those questions…, what you’ll want to do is take note how you move and if changing the way you move increases or decreases your lower back pain. Keep in mind that stretching a muscle and putting more demands on it may temporarily cause an increase in pain. But, that’s not necessarily bad as long as it isn’t debilitating.
Think about this, if a weekend warrior type goes out and plays a hard game of football on Saturday or Sunday, he’s probably going to be a little bit sore on Monday morning.
But this doesn’t mean that he did something wrong or got injured. No, he just worked his muscles in ways that he’s not used to doing and his muscles are letting him know that they aren’t used to it.
Explore What Causes Your Back Pain When Walking Or Standing
By exploring how your body responds to gentle changes in the way that you move may be just what you need. And, this is something that you have direct control over. But, don’t try to do them all at once.
Go for a walk at lunch time and purposely swing your arms a little further than normal and see how you feel later. Or, for a short distance, take a longer stride and see how you feel at the end of the day.
There’s really two upsides to doing this: 1) You get a deeper understanding of your limitations. This is something that you can share with your doctor and something you know to avoid in the future.
And, 2) If by exploring different ways of walking or standing you actually reduce your pain,… Well, then, you’ve gone from doing something that always gave you pain to something that you can continue to do to relieve your back pain when walking or standing.