Do you slouch at your desk all day or hunch over your phone for hours on end?
If so, you might want to pay attention to this blog. Poor posture can have serious consequences for your health, and you might be surprised by just how many health risks are associated with slouching and hunching.
- Muscle strain, back pain, neck pain, and headaches - Poor posture can put a lot of strain on your muscles, leading to aches and pains all over your body. If you spend most of your day sitting, you're especially at risk.1
- Cardiovascular problems - Poor posture can also impact your cardiovascular system, affecting blood flow and increasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.2
- Digestive issues - Who knew that poor posture could mess with your digestion? When you slouch or hunch, you can interfere with the proper functioning of your digestive system, leading to constipation, indigestion, and other problems.3
- Respiratory problems - Your posture can also affect the way you breathe, increasing the risk of respiratory problems like asthma and COPD.4
- Low self-esteem and confidence - Poor posture can take a toll on your mental health as well. When you slouch, you might feel less confident and have lower self-esteem.5
- Eyestrain and vision problems - Spending hours on end looking at a screen can put a lot of strain on your eyes, and poor posture can make things even worse. Eyestrain and vision problems like nearsightedness are just some of the risks.6
- Fatigue - If you're feeling tired all the time, your posture could be to blame. Poor posture can cause your muscles to tire more easily, leaving you feeling drained and exhausted.7
- Poor balance and coordination - Slouching can also affect your balance and coordination, making you more prone to falls and accidents.8
- Decreased flexibility - Poor posture can cause your muscles to become shortened and tight, leading to decreased flexibility and range of motion.9
Poor posture is a serious matter and can have a significant impact on your overall health and well-being.
From musculoskeletal problems to cardiovascular diseases and beyond, the risks of poor posture are numerous and can be significant. So, it's time to sit up straight and take good posture seriously. Your body will thank you!
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- Hilda Mulligan, Anncristine Fjellman-Wiklund, Dr Leigh Hale, Prof David Thomas & Dr Charlotte Häger-Ross (2011) Promoting physical activity for people with neurological disability: Perspectives and experiences of physiotherapists, Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 27:6, 399-410, DOI: 10.3109/09593985.2010.519015
- Stamatakis E, de Rezende LF, Rey-López JP. Sedentary behaviour and cardiovascular disease. Sedentary Behaviour Epidemiology. 2018:215-43.
- Egan, M. (2014). Posture: Health matters. LSJ: Law Society of NSW Journal, (4), 52. https://search.informit.org/doi/10.3316/informit.640387772807683
- Gugnani A. Effects of breathing exercises and incentive spirometry in improving lung capacity on individuals with lung fibrosis. European Journal of Molecular and Clinical Medicine. 2020;7(2):1407-35.
- Carnet et al. Power Posing: Brief Nonverbal Displays Affect Neuroendocrine Levels and Risk Tolerance. Physchological Science 21(10) 1363-1368. 2010
- Lu Y, Wang J, Chen J, Yan Y, Zeng H, Zhang B, Ma H, Hu T. Impact of Environmental Factors on Short-Term Eye Strain Relief during COVID-19 Quarantine: A Pilot Study. Forests. 2022 Nov 21;13(11):1966.
- Wilkes C et al. Upright Posture Improves Affect and Fatigue in People with Depressive Symptoms. J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry. 2017 Mar;54:143-149.
- Lim Y, Kim K, Ko SH, Cho K, Jang EH, Lee SH, Lim DJ, Baek KH, Ha HS, Park MS, Yim HW. Gender-and age-group-specific associations between physical performance and bone mineral density, falls, and osteoporotic fractures in Koreans: the Chungju Metabolic Disease Cohort study. Journal of bone and mineral metabolism. 2016 May;34:336-46.
- A. P. Claus, J. A. Hides, G. L. Moseley, and P. W. Hodges, “Is ‘ideal’ sitting posture real?: Measurement of spinal curves in four sitting posture,” Manual Therapy, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 404-408, Aug. 2009.
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