Stand up Straight: How your posture affects you!by Michelle Killian

We all know that good posture is important but how many of us understand why? More importantly do we fully appreciate how detrimental bad posture can be for our health and wellbeing?

Good posture is fundamental for good health. Without proper spinal alignment, no matter what other efforts we make, our health will eventually become compromised. This may sound like an exaggeration but posture affects all the bodies systems: cardiovascular, respiratory, skeletal, digestive, neurological and hormonal. Although most people can understand the link between back pain and posture, few see the connection between posture and conditions such as thrombosis, chronic fatigue, migrane, depression and sciatica. Bad posture also contributes to numerous other health issues including tension headache, trapped nerves, breathlessness, constipation, lowered physical performance and lack of concentration.

Effects of poor posture:

Poor posture is responsible for a host of minor and major health issues. Unfortunately most of us ignore the signs until it’s too late and even then we often fail to recognize that the source of our problem is due to poor postural habits.

Even at rest postural muscles work hard to maintain the correct curvature of the spine supporting us in our everyday activities. Slouching meldonium for sale in a weakening of these muscles, which over time leads to a change in the natural curvature of the back. Furthermore, having weak back flexors and extensors increases the risk of serious back injury when bending, lifting or just getting out of bed.

Poor posture, particularly when sitting, crushes the intestines slowing digestion and can cause constipation. This too can exacerbate lower back pain as well as causing a build up of toxins in the body resulting in excess gas, headaches and bad breath.

When the spine is not properly aligned this puts pressure on spinal nerves, squeezing and compressing them, which in turn cuts of blood supply, starving muscles of vital nutrition and oxygen. This can lead to muscle fatigue, pain, spider veins and blood clots.  Over time this may alsoaffect the cardiovascular system, contributing to the development of angina, heart failure and aneurysm, which often result in death.

Nerve damage can also cause issues such as sciatica, carpel tunnel syndrome and sublaxations, and what is commonly known as a ‘slipped disc.’ Nerve damage can be permanent resulting in a loss of sensation and/or function.

Posture affects mood. We project how we feel in our physical state but we also can affect or psychological state by the way we hold ourselves. Standing upright provides positive feedback to the brain that can influence our emotions.

One of the most surprising effects of posture is its’ effect on aging. Poor posture not only makes us look older it actually accelerates the process of aging. Cells deprived of oxygen and nutrients shrivel and die, skin loses flexibility and tone, disc compression leads to greater wear and tear, joint instability and a loss of height.

So what can we do to prevent these problems arising? It’s actually very simple, we just need to increase our postural awareness and learn how to stand, sit and move our bodies in a way that respects our spine. Watch out for my next post and I will show you how easily this can be achieved.