Did you know that back or neck pain can be a result of poor posture? Posture is the way carry our body. When we sit, stand, drive, or even sleep with improper alignment, pressure is placed onto our discs, ligaments, joints, and eventually can impair the spinal structures. Although we are able to control the factors affecting our posture, many times it feels natural to hunch over or to slouch our shoulders. For many people, poor posture becomes a habit and over time; it not only changes anatomical characteristics of the spine, but also decreases circulation, and affects major body organs including the lungs. Good posture involves teaching your body to stand, sit and lie in positions where the least strain is placed on supporting muscles and ligaments during movement or weight-bearing activities.
Here are the Many Benefits of Having Good Posture:
Improves bodily alignment. When you stand and sit with your body properly aligned, all your organs can function as intended. This includes your stomach, which is why good posture may improve digestion.
Eliminates back and neck pain. When you have proper posture, your bones and spine can easily and efficiently balance and support your body’s weight. When you have improper posture, muscles, tendons, and ligaments have to constantly work to support that same weight. This extra, inefficient effort can lead to back and neck pain as well as tension headaches. Focusing on improving your posture can go a long way to refining these problems.
Improves memory and learning. Research has shown there may be a connection between good posture and memory retention when learning new things. Why? It’s theorized that since good posture enhances your breathing, it allows you to take in more oxygen, and when you take in more oxygen, your thoughts improve.
Makes you look taller and slimmer. Some poor posture positions cause your belly to bulge, giving you a “beer belly” profile. And slumping over makes you appear shorter than you are. Standing up straight will correct these issues and improve your appearance.
Improves mood. Not only can standing and sitting with good posture make you feel more confident and powerful, it can also boost your happiness. Recent studies show that bad posture influences our moods, attitude, and self-esteem, and causes chronic fatigue.
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