Can Bad Posture Cause Chest Pain?

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If you’ve been experiencing chest pain, it’s essential to rule out possible causes. Many people think that poor posture is only responsible for neck and back problems, but did you know that it can also lead to chest pain or rib pain? In this blog post, we’ll discuss how poor posture can cause chest pain and some tips on how to improve your posture. Keep reading to learn more!

rib pain poor posture

As a general rule, bad poor posture, working from home can cause injury to the spinal and rib joints, resulting in stress on muscles and ligaments. In addition to pinched nerves, stiffness, and even a loss of balance, bad posture can have several other effects. A proper diagnosis is crucial.

In this article, I will give you reasons why bad posture can cause chest pain, based on my 30 years of advising, treating patients with similar conditions, researching, designing simple solutions (even a successful Kickstarter campaign!), and I even published a book on this subject. 

You need more than just good posture to maintain good health. In addition to pinched nerves, bad posture can cause stiffness in other parts, such as the arms, leading to balance problems! There is one common side effect people fail to consider: chest pain caused by noncardiac issues related directly to the way we walk–our “posture.”

Have you ever been sitting at your desk for hours, hunching over to look more closely and carefully study the work before you, only for it to become painful? It’s pretty common, actually. When our bodies often twist (as most of us do), there can be issues with certain joints, such as those found near or around one’s backside, which may lead to pain if not dealt with by medical professionals who know what they are doing!

poor posture seated

The point here isn’t just about physical ailments, though.  At the same time, some illnesses have connections between different parts within an individual body–such as how migraines might be linked to neck tension–there can also be an emotional aspect to these pains. After all, not only our physical health suffers when we’re stressed out or anxious! Emotional pain manifests in different ways for different people, but one of the most common signs is through tense muscles, which can cause a lot of discomfort.

If you find yourself often experiencing pain in different parts of your body, it might be time to see a doctor or a therapist. However, there are also some things that you can do on your own to help alleviate the pain

Here are a few simple tips if you are experiencing muscular chest or rib pain:

 – Make sure that you’re sitting up straight and not hunched over when you’re working.

– Take breaks often to move around and stretch your body.

– Invest in a comfortable chair or ergonomic furniture if you can.

– Practice some relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises.

Best Tip for Chest Pain due to Poor Posture

A poor sitting posture is the most common cause of muscular chest pain or rib pain, according to my professional experience. The following is a simple fix that I prescribe for my patients, and you will thank me later:

The solution: an orthopaedic seat wedge to move your spine in an optimal position while engaging your core muscles while you sit. Sounds simple? It is!

An orthopaedic seat wedge is the solution. A sitting wedge will increase your upper leg’s angle relative to your torso and provide a better sitting surface. Wedge chairs definitely provide a better sitting experience, but you’ll still need to sit upright while using them. If you use them correctly, then you will sit upright. The forward tilt of your pelvis improves the inward curve in your lower spine. As you sit upright, you will distribute your weight more naturally and minimise stress on your spine’s joints, discs, and ligaments.

good vs bad seating posture wedge

Seat Cushions for Chest Pain: Five Things to Consider

Foam for a chest pain-relieving seat cushion:

gel seat cushion with red cross on top of it

Cushions made of gel

A polymer material is used to make flat or contoured gel cushions. Their plastic container will not be damaged if ruptured because they do not flow like liquid gels or move at all.

Today’s gel slabs do not flow like liquid gels and provide little shock absorption and pressure reduction.

The gel cushions were tested on hundreds of patients, and we found that they did not provide much pressure point relief or comfort. These prototypes scored the lowest in terms of comfort (-90%) of any of our designs.

Cushions made of memory foam

NASA originally developed this shock-absorbent material to protect astronauts during space missions. It is used in helmets, padding, and other protective gear for astronauts. It was later rejected by NASA due to off-gassing concerns.

Here’s why you shouldn’t use memory foam as a seat cushion:

memory foam seat cushion with red cross on top of it

  • Heat-retaining. Memory foam retains more heat than other types of foam, which may make users uncomfortable when seated.
  • Petroleum!  Polyurethane, a by-product of crude oil refining, is used in memory foam.
  • Chemicals that are more toxic. A number of harmful compounds are found in memory foam, including polyurethane, formaldehyde, antimony trioxide, PVC, and petrochemicals.
  • There Are Many Fire Retardants. Since 2004, mattress regulations have become more stringent and memory foam mattresses have become more toxic.

Natural Latex Foam.  

Among a variety of seating materials and products, natural latex proved to be the most effective.  Here’s why:

seat cushion piriformis

  • Spinal alignment is better with natural latex.  On the cushion, the heavier parts of your bottom sink into the latex while the lighter parts are kept aligned naturally. The pressure distribution of natural latex seat cushions allows muscles and ligaments to relax and recover while improving blood circulation.  
  • Non-toxic.  Natural latex seats differ from memory foam cushions in that they are made from natural materials and contain no chemicals. 
  • Eco-friendly as well.  Hevea Brasiliensis trees are harvested for their sap in sustainable latex farming, and newly planted trees replenish ageing trees.
  • Adaptable.  Natural latex has given me the freedom to design so many custom products, which is why chiropractic and ergonomics have always been my favorite fields.  
  • Good air circulation.  As with most conventional memory foam (petrochemical-based), natural latex foam provides better comfort.
  • Latex is entirely biodegradable and recyclable.  Buried latex cushions decompose within a year. Buried latex cushions decompose within a year.  
  • Release of pressure.  Latex can also align your spine and alleviate pressure points.
  • Resilient.  Typical natural latex seat cushions prevent you from sinking into them too much after a certain point and rebound as you apply your body weight. This is what makes natural latex so unique.

Best Design for an Orthopedic Seat Cushion for Chest Pain:

memory foam seat cushion with gel cooling cushion

This (picture above) is a relatively simple seating cushion design that is becoming the most popular but wrapped in fancy marketing jargon and a new look.

The backs of some seat cushions are better than those of others. For a comfortable seat cushion design, you should take into account the following factors:

  • As you sit, all those bony prominences between your legs are the first place the cushion touches you. In order to reduce sitting pain, successful cushions, including those that reduce pressure points, redistribute pressure away from sharp areas of the pelvis. 
  • A seat cushion will change shape when you sit on it. For example, the softer the foam, the more likely it is to compress and “bottom out”.
  • Your seat cushion should be made of multi-density foam to provide support and distribute pressure. The top layer should be soft and padded.
  • When seated on moulded cushions, the body conforms to its shape. In order to increase the trunk-to-thigh ratio, these cushions should provide adequate support to the bony prominences.
  • You should be able to engage your core while you sit on a seat cushion that supports your spine. Although it may seem counterintuitive, you will be more comfortable when your weight is distributed into your core, instead of your spine. We always receive positive feedback from our patients after making this adjustment to their seat cushions!

What Is the Best Cushion for Rib Pain?

Chest Pain From Spinal Bending Versus Hip Hinging 

You can make your office chair more comfortable by using wedge cushions or sitting on wedges that are specially shaped, foam cushions. With the cushion’s slight downward slope, you are able to sit up straighter and relieve aches in the midback and ribs. In this position, you will bend from your hips and not your spine. seat foundation

There Are Many Other Benefits of a Sitting Wedge:

  • Hips rule! Your pelvis will be moved forward, using your hips instead of your back to lift! 
  • Proper posture improves core stability, 
  • Long-term sitting is made more comfortable with this cushion.
  • Pain relief for sciatica
  • Pain relief for coccyx injuries – tailbone discomfort

How Do You Use A Wedge Cushion?

It is as simple as lying on your back and lifting yourself up! Find the thicker part of the chair back. The wedge will allow your back to remain upright. Couches and armchairs can’t be used with orthopedic wedges.

Other Posture Problems That Can Lead To Chest or Rib Pain

A condition is known as an upper-crossed syndrome.

The most likely cause of chest pain is an upper-crossed syndrome or UCS. Due to an imbalance in your shoulders and back muscles, the tendons that run along your shoulders and back are overused while others get tightened from lack of use, causing stomach discomfort since you’re not using one side properly!

Medical professionals finally recognize that sitting all day at a desk can have adverse health effects. An estimated 50% of white-collar workers suffer from work-related neck or shoulder disorders every year! We need to consider the increasingly sedentary nature of many jobs when designing our office environment so that they don’t contribute to bad posture habits that could eventually lead to WNSDs.

By moving around frequently during each task, you will be able to heal, take short breaks between large amounts of work.

Respiratory problems

Let’s take a look at what happens when we breathe in. As you inhale, the diaphragm moves down and compresses against abdominal muscles, pushing up with all their might; this tension creates pressure within us, so our lungs feel like they’re filling easier than before! Healthy individuals will notice an increase in how much air gets into them and where it feels like there’s space for more oxygen – inside yourself or outside?

When you breathe in, your lungs expand, getting trapped inside. If they’re not expanded enough or compressed by an incorrect posture, this can lead to chest pain!

A condition is known as precordial catch.

The cause of precordial catch syndrome, or PCS, is still being debated by scientists. One theory suggests it can be caused by a pinched nerve or muscle strain deep in the chest. Still, there have also been connections between poor posture and this phenomenon, including just sitting up straight affecting how quickly symptoms go away- so you should try not to slouch when possible!

Can Bad Posture Cause Chest Pain and Shortness of Breath?

As a general rule, it is possible that bad posture can cause chest pain and shortness of breath. This is because bad posture can put pressure on the lungs and heart, making it difficult to breathe. 

If you are experiencing chest pain and shortness of breath, it is essential to see a doctor to rule out other potential causes. Treatment for poor posture may include exercises, stretches, and/or wearing a supportive device. Surgery is rarely needed. With proper treatment, most people experience significant improvement in their symptoms.

Can Bad Posture Affect Your Heart?

As a general rule, bad posture can affect your heart. Poor posture puts extra strain on your heart and can make it work harder than it needs to. This can lead to problems such as high blood pressure and arrhythmias. 

heart pain poor posture

In addition, bad posture can also cause chest pain and shortness of breath. If you have any heart condition, it is vital to maintain good posture and keep your heart healthy.

How Do You Know if Chest or Rib Pain Is Muscular?

As s general rule, the key thing to look for when determining if the chest or rib is muscular is determining if the pain gets worse with activity or specific movements? Does pressure on the affected area reproduce the pain if the pain is localized to a particular area? Then it’s very likely that your chest or rib pain has a muscular source.

 Muscular chest and rib pain is often aggravated by deep breathing, coughing, or sneezing. It’s also important to note that muscular chest and rib pain are usually not accompanied by shortness of breath, heart palpitations, or sweating. If you’re experiencing any of these other symptoms and your chest or rib pain, it’s essential to see a doctor right away as they could be signs of a more severe condition.

If you think your chest or rib pain may be muscular, you can do a few things at home to help relieve the pain. First, try icing the affected area for 15-20 minutes. You can also take over-the-counter pain relievers to help reduce inflammation and pain. If your pain is particularly severe, you may want to consult with a physical therapist who can help you develop an exercise program that will stretch and strengthen your chest and back muscles. Taking these simple steps can help reduce your chest or rib pain and get back to your normal activities.

How Do You Get Rid of Chest Pain From Bad Posture?

As a general rule, you can relieve chest pain from poor posture by making sure that you’re sitting up straight. Slouching will only aggravate the pain. Don’t bend over for long periods during activities. Stretch and move around during breaks. 

If the pain is severe, see a doctor to rule out any other possible causes. One of the most common causes of chest pain is bad posture. When you sit or stand in a hunched-over position, it can put a lot of strain on your back and neck muscles, leading to pain in the chest area. 

Can Bad Posture Cause Uneven Ribs?

There is no definitive answer to this question as everyone’s skeleton is different and therefore some people may be more prone to uneven ribs due to bad posture than others. However, it is generally accepted that poor posture can lead to a number of skeletal problems, including uneven ribs. So if you have a bad posture, it is worth taking measures to improve it in order to avoid any potential issues further down the line.

How Do I Fix My Posture in My Ribs?

uneven ribs pain

In general, there are a few things you can do to improve your posture and prevent pain in your ribs. First, make sure that you’re standing up straight and avoiding slouching. You can also try exercises that strengthen the muscles around your spine and help you maintain good posture. Finally, be sure to stretch regularly, as this can help loosen tight muscles and improve your range of motion. If you have any pain or discomfort in your ribs, be sure to see a doctor to rule out any serious causes. With some simple changes, you can improve your posture and keep your ribs healthy and pain-free.

Can Bad Posture Cause Pain on One Side?

As a general rule, when you sit or stand with poor posture, it can cause the muscles and tissues on that side of your body to become strained. This can lead to pain, discomfort, and even headaches. If you have bad posture, be sure to correct it as soon as possible to avoid further pain. Poor posture is one of the most common causes of pain on one side.


Chest pain can be a frightening experience, but it’s important to remember that there are many potential causes. By ruling out other possible causes and narrowing down the possibilities, you can take the necessary steps to address the issue. If you think poor posture might be causing your chest pain, we hope these tips will help you improve your posture and find relief. Have you tried any of these techniques? Let us know in the comments!



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Dr Lawrence Woods DC

Dr Lawrence Woods DC


My goal is to create the highest quality ergonomic office chairs and accessories for unmatched comfort.

With 30 years of spinal healthcare experience in Ireland as a chiropractor, I learned the value of high-quality sitting for living a happy and healthy life.

I have a Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College West and I am NBCE Physiotherapy certified.


Dr Lawrence Woods

My goal is to create the highest quality ergonomic office chairs and accessories for unmatched comfort. With 30 years of spinal healthcare experience as a chiropractor, I learned the value of high-quality sleep for living a happy and healthy life. I have a Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College West and am NBCE Physiotherapy certified.


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