Poor posture resulting in back pain...help!

  1. 0 I'm still a student right now, however, I just started working as an extern on the surgical floor. I do two or three 8 hour shifts a week, and just with that, I already come home aching in my lower back! I know it's due to poor posture and weak muscles as I have never had any back problems prior. Is this something my back will get used to or should I exercise more?
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    From 'Virginia'; Joined Apr '08; Posts: 287; Likes: 72.

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  3. Visit  ijuanabhappy profile page
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    If you exercise your "core", your abdominal region and back muscles, then you will notice better posture because it won't take as much effort to support your back. Look up on the internet for "core" exercises. Also any machines in workout facilities that exercise the back and shoulders, like a rowing machine is good as well.
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  4. Visit  healthstar profile page
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    I don't know what kind of job you had before this one, but if you had a job that was not hard and did not move alot then I think you are experiencing back problems because your body is not used to this new job and new movements.Also remember to use proper body mechanics to prevent any back injury. I had the same problem when I started my clinicals.
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  5. Visit  DroogieRN profile page
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    I have insoles in my shoes specifically for back pain. Also, contracting your abs helps immensely, and consciously trying to point your coccyx toward the ground helps align your spine. It takes practice, but it helps.
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  6. Visit  CrazierThanYou profile page
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    I have heard that Skechers Shape Ups can help with posture and lower back pain. I just got a pair today but I haven't tried them out yet.
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  7. Visit  Sun0408 profile page
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    The shape ups do help.. I bought mine a few weeks back and my back no longer hurts after my shifts.
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  8. Visit  elprup profile page
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    The shape ups are modeled after MBT's. When I started 3 12hr shifts in a row my lower back was dying and ive never had back pain. So I bought MBT's online at Zappos.com and wear them all the time. AT work (well when I worked) my back did not hurt. I was exhausted, but no pain. Great great shoes. And with Zappos, they arrive within 2 days after you order. and if you need a diff size, you can order them and they will ship the new size out right then and I swear I got mine that next day! Sent the other ones back and still love mine a year later. Plus they make you about an inch taller!!!
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  9. Visit  4lotus8 profile page
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    Thank you soooooo much for all this info. I am actually going to put into effect everything all of you have suggested! My aching back thanks you!
  10. Visit  sassy_squirrel profile page
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    Quote from SoCloseRN2B
    I'm still a student right now, however, I just started working as an extern on the surgical floor. I do two or three 8 hour shifts a week, and just with that, I already come home aching in my lower back! I know it's due to poor posture and weak muscles as I have never had any back problems prior. Is this something my back will get used to or should I exercise more?
    You'd need to work on your core muscles. Those exercise balls are good to help with that. Just sitting on them at home even. Also I would check with either a physio or chiropractor (I go to both) to ensure there isn't something else wrong that may be affecting your back. For example I have high arches so my ankles roll in and it puts pressure all the way up, hurting my back. (Admittedly I also have slight scoliosis in my back but the high arches were causing my initial pain.) I wear orthodics in my shoes so it helps with my back. Plus 6 weekly check ups with the chiro and it's all good.

    I find my posture improves once I've been to the chiropractor too.
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  11. Visit  xInspiredx profile page
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    Quote from elprup
    The shape ups are modeled after MBT's.

    What does "MBT" stand for? I tried to look for them online, but couldn't find anything.
  12. Visit  Kunzieo profile page
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    Quote from xInspiredx

    What does "MBT" stand for? I tried to look for them online, but couldn't find anything.
    Stands for Masai Barefoot Technology, but just google MBT Shoes and about 100 websites will come up.
  13. Visit  Rhi007 profile page
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    Pilates for core strengthening, get a scan of your back to make sure there are no issues ( schools use to do scoliosis checks) mine wasn't picked up til I was 15 and by then I was too old for a back brace and not bad enough for spinal fusion. Also try complimentary medicine like acupressure, acupuncture or raiki
  14. Visit  dthfytr profile page
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    When's the last time you had a good physical? I was working as an ER nurse for 25 years, a year+ as house supervisor nights. Kept thinking I needed to work harder to get in better shape. Got so sick, with back pain that kept me from walking upright, spent 2 years and all my retirement savings plus bankruptcy. Turns out I was severely anemic from multiple auto-immune problems. "Multiple Connective Tissue Disorder" has me permanently disabled now, primarily from muscle weakness caused by polymyositis. My point is that you sound like I did, work harder and things will get better. You have a lot of good advice preceding this post, but make sure there isn't a disease process or injury causing your problems. Good luck.


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