Posture is the position in which you hold your body upright against gravity while standing, sitting, lying or even performing simple tasks like lifting, carrying, bending and reaching. Researchers found that the people who slouch have reduced focus, worse moods and lower confidence.
Our spine is designed in an S shape. It is strongest and works best in this neutral position. Bad habits such as slouching, forward neck and inactivity cause spinal dysfunction, joint degeneration and muscular aches & pains.
The first step to correct posture is AWARENESS. Being aware of good posture is the first step to breaking old poor postural habit.
Look for signs of bad posture:
1. Muscular Imbalances: When one muscle is weak and the other is overactive, it pulls your body into bad posture—like rounded shoulders, forward head, potbelly, bent knees when standing or walking or an excessively arched lower back leading to chronic neck and back pain.
2. Increased Stress : Bad posture can also decrease levels of testosterone and increase levels of cortisol leading to chronic stress.
3. Nerve Constriction/ Impingement: Incorrect posture can impinge the nerve causing numbness, tingling and pain leading to various conditions like Carpel tunnel syndrome, Sciatica etc
4. Poor Circulation: Siting with your legs crossed is also a bad posture, as it can increase the pressure of fluids and gases flowing throughout your body, significantly affecting your circulation.
5. Abnormal breathing: Poor posture also contributes to breathing pattern dysfunction.
6. Difficulty in digestion: Poor posture can compress the abdominal organs involved in digestion which then affects peristaltic function.
Your Mother Was Right - Posture is Important!
By practicing postural correction exercises, stretching the tight muscles and strengthening the weak core one can reduce chronic back pain, nagging neck pain and overall aches and pains in the body.