April 10, 2019
Our posture is only really noticeable when something is amiss. It’s not until we see our slouch in the mirror or feel some unusual back pain that we think to ourselves, “maybe I need to work on my posture”.
As much as we’d like to place the blame on long work days, stressors, poorly made furniture, or neglected injuries (to name a few), the truth is that we just aren’t putting in the work and that can have major repercussions. Take breathing for example; if our shoulders are hunched forward or our torso is bent forward, then our diaphragm (our deepest core muscle) is unable to descend on inhalation which means that because of a few postural alterations, it’s almost impossible for you to take a deep breath.
If you’re a serial sloucher, the best thing you can do for yourself is to understand what bad (and good) posture is and how it affects the body.
Poor posture results from imbalances within the body that are usually brought on by lifestyle choices and bad habits. Posture is the foundation of our skeleton; without our muscles, nerves, and bones to support us - we wouldn’t even be able to sit up straight! Now think about the extra stressors that we add on to our foundation like putting on excessive weight, exercising incorrectly (or not at all), and constantly working in positions that don’t support proper posture. All of these things leave cracks in our foundation that can lead to chronic pain and inflammation if they’re neglected. The good news is that there are many things you can do to prevent and even reverse the effects of poor posture.
Our society and lifestyles promote poor posture (text neck/carrying heavy bags/purses on one shoulder only/imperfect angles at our workstations, etc.) Poor posture is likely in the cards for each of us unless you do something about it. My advice to you is to exercise and see a chiropractor regularly to remove the physical stress poor posture puts on your body.
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