Even if you don’t usually suffer from back pain, if you have to stand in a queue for a long time this can bring on some pain in your back.  While there are many underlying reasons for back pain during prolonged standing, the precipitating cause is usually postural.

When you stand for a length of time, your pelvis is often pushed backward, increasing the curve of your lower back (lumbar region). This puts increased pressure on the soft tissues surrounding the spine, causing your lower back muscles to tighten or even spasm, resulting in pain in the joints and nerves of your spine.  The pain can also come on as your muscles tire from being in one position for a long time.

Next time you are in a queue try moving from side to side or if there is a step nearby put one foot on the step to change where the pressure is going through your spine.

Try this exercise when in a queue
This is also worth a try if a step is nearby.

Some other causes of back pain which could be exacerbated by standing include:

  • Spinal stenosis – a narrowing of the spaces within your spine that can put pressure on the nerves.
  • Herniated disc – the disc bulges out and can put pressure on the nerves.
  • Sciatica – pressure on the sciatic nerve which can come from a disc or muscle such as the piriformis.
  • Mechanical low back pain – this may involve the facet joints or muscles.

If you would like to speak to someone about your back pain to see if we can help we offer a free 15 minute chat.  We have Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists and an acupuncturist who can all help with back pain.

Just call 01763 87 80 87 and we can book your appointment today. www.attend2health.co.uk