How Does Poor Posture Affect Your Health?
October 4th, 2017 by maccauley-marketing
At the Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™, our experienced chiropractors and massage therapists work with patients of all ages and athletic levels to optimize their overall health. That often involves applying our proprietary Synergy Release Technique to treat injury and accelerate rehabilitation, but sometimes it also involves counseling patients on how best to avoid injury and sustain good health in the first place. One healthy habit that many people overlook is maintaining good posture. Not only does good posture improve how you look and feel, but several recent studies suggest that poor posture can also have a number of negative effects on your health.
Poor Posture Hurts Circulation
The body is designed to move, and prolonged sitting (especially with the legs crossed) can cut off blood flow to the lower extremities, increase blood pressure, and even cause spider veins or chronic pain in the knees or legs. Poor circulation will also contribute to inflammation, common among patients who are recovering from a muscle or joint injury, or who suffer from certain forms of arthritis.
Poor Posture Compresses Internal Organs
A slumped, head-forward posture compresses the lungs and effectively reduces their capacity by as much as 30%. This strain forces the lungs to move faster so that they can still deliver adequate oxygen. The compression also forces the heart to speed up to provide enough blood for oxygen transport. The result is a vicious cycle which further increases the risk of heart and vascular disease.
Poor Posture Stresses the Spine
The average head weighs about ten pounds, but with every inch that the head is dropped forward the pressure on the neck muscles, discs, and vertebrae is effectively doubled. As our own Dr. Michael Roura explained in his recent article on cell phone use and neck pain, this added neck strain can potentially lead to tension, soreness, headaches, chronic back pain, and fatigue. Maintaining a head-forward posture for prolonged periods (like many people do at a computer work desk) may even be related to nerve, muscle, tendon, and ligament damage in the form of repetitive strain injuries.
The discomfort and damage caused by prolonged sitting alone has become a virtual epidemic, especially when you have poor sitting posture. Whether you’re sitting or standing, proper posture and alignment helps to keep the muscles, ligaments, bones, and internal organs in their natural position, reducing wear and tear on joints while relieving stress and improving overall health. If you need to use a computer extensively (several hours or more each day), our certified Synergy Sports Wellness Providers can help treat your pain and even recommend techniques to minimize the risk of injuring your hands, arms, shoulders, neck, and back.
No matter what your age or activity level might be, everybody has to deal with injuries sooner or later, and the expert chiropractors and massage therapists at the Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ are here to help. If you would like to learn more about the many different services we offer, please give us a call to schedule a chiropractic or rehabilitation appointment, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.