Postural syndrome describes lower back pain, experienced when normal soft tissues are presented with a prolonged period of static loading in an end of range position (Wise, 2015).
Postural syndrome usually results in a loss of extension ability in the spine (Wise, 2015). Ergonomic stressors such as repetitive motion, heavy liftin, non-neutral postures and vibrations influence the position of the spine in our daily lives (Punnett, 2014).
Patients usually complain about localized pain in response to prolonged positioning (Wise, 2015), such as slouching, sitting in front of a desk etc. The truth is that there are multiple factors causing a postural syndrome, and it can affect the whole spine (cervical, thoracic and lumbar) (Punnett, 2014).
By improving the posture the pain relief is usually immediate as the load to joints, muscles and tendons is normalised. However, to stay pain free you will be required to perform a series of stretches or exercises to help you achieve better postures in future without having to consciously think about how you sit or stand.
Wise C.H., 2015, Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy From Art to Evidence, F.A. Davis Company, Philadelphia, PA, p: 200
Punnett L., 2014, Musculoskeletal disorders and occupational exposures: How should we judge the evidence concerning the causal association?, Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 42(13), pp: 49-58