The Long-Term Impact of Poor Posture
By Sara Butler
You may be past the days where your mom reminded you every five minutes to stand up straight, but that doesn't mean her voice shouldn't still be echoing in your mind to remind you that good posture is important. Poor posture can wreak absolute havoc on your overall health and wellness, impacting both your emotional and physical health. Here's what the chiropractors at The Joint want you to know about the ways your posture impacts you in the long term.
Shoulder, Neck, and Back Pain
When you sit in a slumped or slouched posture during the course of the day, it causes joint dysfunction and restriction, which then leads to discomfort and pain. That's because the structures surrounding the joints that suffer from restriction or dysfunction must work overtime to bear the load. All that extra work eventually ends up rearing its ugly head as problems from shoulder pain to headaches.
When you sit in a slumped or slouched position, it compresses the organs in your abdomen. Your digestive system can take the brunt of the poor posture by slowing down its processes. This may eventually lead you to digestive issues such as slow digestion, heartburn, and indigestion.
Your body needs to function at its most optimal levels and it needs a steady supply of oxygenated blood to do that. Unfortunately, one of the side effects of poor posture is that blood flow can be constricted, causing blood to sit in the veins for longer than it should. This can eventually lead to problems such as varicose veins in the legs.
Increase of Disease and Death
Who would think your posture would have anything to do with your lifespan? Well, it does. All those hours you log after work, slumped in your favorite comfy chair and watching reality television can reduce your life expectancy. An Australian study found that for each your you spend in front of the television in poor posture, you slash your life expectancy by over 20 minutes.
A study out of San Francisco State University found that bad posture is linked to depression. Participants of the study who skipped down a hall had higher energy levels and reduced feelings of depression than those who walked in slouched posture down that very same hall. Just goes to show that your posture reflects a lot about how you feel about yourself, so sit up straight!
Improving your posture is one of the easiest things you can do to increase your quality of life. Talk with the chiropractors at The Joint today about little things you can do to help you keep you posture on point.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Colo.