Articles Published on 2017-04-13

Why you need good posture: 6 health effects

Concerned about your posture or even had some problems with it? If you’re like most people, you’re sitting a large part of your day. When you’re spending a large amount of your life sitting down, it is important to do it with good posture.

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Posture is the way that you hold your body

When you hold your body in a natural position, your posture is good. If not, your muscles and bones are stressed and this can cause pain. When your body is in an unnatural position for a great part of the day, you can experience problems with your health. Below are 6 of the pains you may get, or already have, from bad posture.

Pain #1: Headaches

Often suffering from headaches after a long day’s work behind your desk? Many people hold their neck hunched over when working behind their desk. This causes problems for your neck muscles and this tension can radiate to your head. Headaches are often caused by tension in the muscles of the neck; good posture of your neck and head can prevent headaches. Check the position of your own neck while reading this. Is it straight or do you feel tension in your neck when you pay attention to it?

Pain #2: Neck Pain

Another pain that you get from keeping your neck in an unnatural position, is with your neck muscles itself. When you are sitting down and staring at your laptop for a while, you might notice some stiffness and tension. The muscles and bones in your neck are being stressed and this can lead to some annoying neck pains.

Pain #3: Gastrointestinal Issues

We love to eat and do so during the entire day. All this food has to be digested and turned into actual energy for us to function. This is done by our gastrointestinal system, and we don’t really notice it until it causes us pain. Your posture influences the peristaltic movements of your intestines. These movement are used to push the food that you swallowed slowly through the entire gastrointestinal tract. Peristaltic movements are very important for a good digestion and you don’t want your bad posture to cause problems with that.

Pain #4: Shoulder And Back Pain

Do you often find yourself in a position where your shoulders and back are hunched over? This is called slouching and it can cause pain and stiffness to your muscles. A pitfall is when you want to sit up straight and pull your shoulders too far backwards. This also causes you to tense your muscles, leading to pain and stiffness in the back muscles. Over time, this shoulder pain and bad posture can cause damage to the bones in your spine.

Pain #5: Reduced Lung Function

Pay attention to your breathing in a hunched over position. Now lift your head up, straighten your back and pull back your shoulders and feel the difference posture makes for your breathing. When you are in a hunched over position, your lung capacity may be reduced by as much as 30 percent. Less oxygen supply to your body has a wide effect on many functions, ranging from attention to your energy level. Surprised that bad posture has a negative effect on your breathing? Here’s a study that showed that bad sitting posture leads to a decrease in lung capacity.

When you lean your head forward, you are more likely to clench your jaw.

Pain #6: Jaw Pain

Not a very obvious effect of bad posture, right? When you lean your head forward, you are more likely to clench your jaw. Clenching the jaw and tightening your facial muscles can lead to headaches and jaw pain. Over time, repeated jaw clenching can increase tension and damage the temporomandibular joint, the connection between your jawbone and your skull.

That should be enough reasons to improve your posture. Please let us know if you have a different motivation by leaving a comment or reaching out on twitter. We love to hear how you’re dealing with bad posture.

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