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Poor posture and the central nervous system

  • April 10, 2023

Poor posture is a common issue affecting millions of people around the world.

It is generally characterized by the misalignment of your spine due to improper positioning of your body while sitting, standing, or sleeping. While most people think of poor posture as simply causing back pain, it can actually have a much broader impact on the body, including on the central nervous system.

The central nervous system (CNS) is a network of nerves and cells in our body responsible for transmitting messages between the brain and the rest of the body1. It plays a crucial role in controlling various functions of our body, including movement, sensation, and perception. Studies have shown that poor posture can cause significant changes in the CNS resulting in various health issues.



One way that poor posture can impact the central nervous system is by causing muscle imbalances. When you slouch or hunch your shoulders, it can cause certain groups of muscles to become overactive while others become inactive, leading to an imbalance in your body. This imbalance affects the way your body functions, as the overactive muscles can strain your ligaments and joints, causing pain and discomfort.

This can also cause your muscles to fatigue quickly, leading to decreased overall muscle strength.

Furthermore, when the CNS detects an imbalance in the body caused by poor posture, it activates certain muscles to help the body return to a more balanced state. Over time, these muscles can become overworked, which can lead to inflammation, pain, and reduced range of motion. This can also affect the way messages are transmitted between the brain and the rest of the body, leading to a variety of health issues.

Research has also shown that poor posture can affect the alignment of the spine, which can cause pressure on the nerves.2, 3

This pressure can trigger pain and discomfort, and in severe cases, it can cause tingling or numbness in various parts of the body. Poor posture can also lead to spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the vertebral canal, resulting in compression of the nerves.

Additionally, poor posture can also lead to decreased blood flow to the brain, which can cause headaches and migraines. This occurs because the arteries that supply blood to the brain pass through the neck and are affected by improper posture. Therefore, when you maintain a slouched position for an extended period, it can cause a decrease in blood flow to the brain, leading to headaches or migraines.

Poor posture can have a significant impact on the central nervous system, leading to muscle tension, reduced blood flow to the brain, and altered sensory processing. By taking steps to maintain good posture and protect the central nervous system, you can improve your overall physical and cognitive health.

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