How Bad Posture Can Cause Health Problems

You know that bad posture doesn’t look all that great, but did you know that it can actually have a negative impact on your health? Well, you should listen to your chiropractor! Part of chiropractic philosophy is that the subluxations in your spine can impact your entire body. This is why chiropractic care in conjunction with your own mindfulness about your body and how you feel is vital, and here are some important reasons why.

Headaches and Jaw Pain

When your posture is poor you may spend a lot of time leaning forward and this makes it more likely that you are going to clench your jaw. When your jaw clenches it causes the muscles in your face to tighten and this can result in headaches and jaw pain. Not to mention if you clench your jaw a lot it can wear down your jaw joint, which can lead to even bigger problems.

Lung Function

Poor posture can actually impact how much air you can take into your lungs when you breathe. It makes perfect sense when you think about it that hunching forward or leaning can have a negative influence on your lung function. What is most disturbing about this side effect is that when your lungs aren’t functioning to their fullest potential then your heart and brain, as well as other vital organs, doesn’t get the oxygen they need. This can cause poor cognitive function and shortness of breath, or even worse heart and vascular disease!

Gastrointestinal Issues

Your intestines perform their own, very complicated, dance daily in order to move food through and get you the nutrition your body needs. If you have poor posture it can actually impact the movement of your intestines, so your gastrointestinal system may not function as well as it could.

Back and Shoulder Pain

This is one of the most obvious side effects of poor posture! The slouching involved with poor posture can lead to pain in tension in your shoulders and upper back and can even permanently lead to a hump! Of course, overcorrecting for your posture can have consequences as well. When you pull your shoulders too far back this can cause your muscles to tense and lead to stiffness.

Talk to your chiropractor if you are experiencing problems associated with your posture. They can recommend stretches and exercises to help you feel better and keep your body functioning as it should! 

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