Sitting incorrectly at a makeshift home office desk can also put a lot of strain on movement muscles; leaning down hunched over a laptop uses groups of muscles that were designed for movement, rather than your postural muscles (as the name suggests) your core group of muscles which with little effort hold you together and upright!
Hunching while standing or sitting can cause your back and abdominal muscles to become strained as the weight of your body is improperly distributed. This can also reduce the blood supply to these muscles, leaving them stiff and sore over time. Likewise, working on your laptop or reading on your stomach can cause strain on your neck, shoulders, and lower back.
Lifting heavy objects, or other weight-bearing activity, with improper posture can cause a herniated disc. This can send sharp pains from your spinal nerves to your legs.
How to fix your posture and back pain
Improving your posture is not an overnight fix. Good posture is an acquired habit. Fixing your posture involves training your body to sit, stand, lift heavy objects, and lie down in a manner that imposes the least strain on your muscles and ligaments. This can go a long way in alleviating back pain.
Here are some tips on how to fix your posture:
Exercises that strengthen your core muscles – the muscles in your abdomen and lower back that provide stability and balance – can go a... long way in improving posture. Additionally, exercises that strengthen your shoulders can help you keep from rolling your shoulders forward (say goodbye, sloped shoulders!). Here are some to try. How many repetitions you try and how many of the exercises you can do in one session, will depend on your fitness level. Whilst it’s good to feel a little out of your comfort zone, don’t strain yourself and if you ever feel pain stop. If you’re unsure please ask an expert!: