Can you still remember when your mom used to nag you about standing or sitting properly? And it really irritated you a lot, didn’t it? But if you know how important good posture is, you could’ve appreciated her efforts of instilling those to you. Hope this read does it to you and encourage you to pay attention to your posture more.
Reasons Why Not Having A Good Posture Is Bad
Think of veins, where blood flows, as a water hose. Now when you step on a hose with the water running or twist it, you surely will get little to no water coming out of the hose at all. The same thing with our body, slouching all day will affect blood circulation.
Moving around all day is tiring, how much more if you’re doing that while putting your muscles and joints on more strains by not standing/sitting properly? You sure will feel tired even when it’s still in the middle of the day.
Chronic Back, Neck, And Shoulder Pain
Being in a bad position all the time forces body parts like the back, neck, and shoulders to carry more unnecessary weight that they wouldn’t have to if you just fix your posture. This habit causes pain all the time.
More Health Issues
Did you know that wrong posture alone could lead to misalignment, herniated disc, as well as limited range in motion?
Why There Are A Lot Of People Who Have Bad Posture?
When you pack on pounds, the body automatically adjusts in order to support you. Your skeleton and muscles change the way they support themselves to support you.
Shoes that have super high heel or those that are too flat throws off your body’s natural balance. Which makes you stand, sit, and walk in a different way than how it should be.
Stress kind of creep its way into your body. You might not notice it but when you’re stressed out you tend to walk like a zombie and stand or sit like you’d rather be in bed sleeping.
If you play sports, you probably understand how prone you can be to injuries which can cause poor posture. Even accidents like car crash or falling from a tree can put you in a state that requires you to be in a bad position all day.
A mattress shouldn’t be too hard or too soft but firm enough to allow natural curves of the spine without letting you dip into the mattress too much.
Notice how most people have foot arch? We others don’t have it, while some have foot problems like over-pronation which will affect ones posture.
People who are chain to their desk all day at work often suffer from a lot of pain like, back, neck, and shoulder pain.
Ways To Improve Your Posture
Exercise Proper Sitting Position
Sit with your head straight, knees slightly lower than your hips, feet flat on the floor, and keep your shoulders back.
Practice Standing Properly
Align your shoulder to your body, maintain a straight by using your core muscles, lessen pressure on the hips by bending your knees slightly, and use supportive footwear.
Mind How You Walk
Your chin should be parallel to the ground, keep your stomach and butt in line with the rest of the body and make sure your heel hits the ground first as you roll onto your toe.
Pay Attention To You Sleeping Condition
You probably know by now that it is highly vetoed by spine specialist as this position twists the neck. Sleeping on your back is much more ideal, but if you can only sleep on your side, put a pillow between your legs and under either of your arms.
Adjust Your Working Area
When you’re sitting in front of the computer with your head straight, you should be looking at the middle of the screen. Your forearms should have support while typing as well. Use foot stool to step on if necessary too.
Seek Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic adjustment can’t make your posture problem disappear but, it can help treat the reason why you developed bad posture. It can correct the misalignment by using manual adjustment to take the pressure off some nerves that are being compressed due to the unnatural position your body is always in. This then helps relieve pain in the area. And with your spine back in proper alignment, you’ll eventually lose the odd posture, provided that you keep your posture in check all the time. Otherwise, you’ll develop subluxations again and revert back to the same condition.
Advantages Of Having Exercising Good Posture
Takes Off Pressure From Your Knees
People who complain about knee pain are usually those older folks with arthritis. If you don’t want to experience knee pain as early as your 20’s practice proper posture.
Reduce Back Pain
More and more individuals seek medical help due to chronic back pain. While some pain killers can relieve the pain for a while, why opt for pills if by sitting, standing, and sleeping properly can lessen the pain more permanently?
Makes You Look Confident
Good posture makes you look smart and confident as opposed to those who are always slumping. This is always good in the professional world.
Less Headache Episodes
Since parts of the body are straining when you’re slouching whether when standing, sitting, or sleeping, headaches are inevitable because the spine is directly connected to the head. So by trying to practice good posture all the time, headaches won’t occur as often.
Fewer Chances Of Developing Other Health Conditions
Herniated discs, change in the spinal curve, poor digestion, cardiovascular issues, and back pain are all poor posture related health problems. Just imagine all the things you could be spared from if you mind your posture.