Does it matter?

Good Posture - Why does it matter anyway?

Poor posture - isn't that just something you got told off for when you were a kid?

  • Don't slouch!
  • Take your hands out of your pockets!
  • Stand on both feet!
  • Don't put your elbows on the table!

There are good reasons for all this - just look at some of the symptoms caused by poor posture:

You can't be really fit with poor posture - Poor posture can caise permanent changes in muscle structure with some muscles and ligaments shortening and tightening whilst others lengthen and weaken. In either state your muscles do not work efficiently and your training will not be as effective.

Changes in breathing patterns - decreased lung capacity and oxygenation of the blood.

Digestion and bowel function - this area cannot work efficiently if it is squashed and cramped.

Excess fatigue - your body is over-working just trying to realign itself.

Circulation problems - again, things do not function properly if they are being squeezed.

Muscle and joint pain - Usually starts with fatigue and can lead to headaches, aches and pains in the neck and shoulders, arms and wrists, hearing and visual problems as the neck area tightens.

Reduced range of movement and wear and tear on areas that were not designed to take this amount of strain.

Low back pain and possible nerve interference as the vertebrae are pulled out of alignment.

Depression - if your head is forward and down, it can make you not only look miserable but can also have a psychological effect on you and add years to how old you look.

Pain in the jaw - TMJ syndrome. Some of the cranial nerves pass through this area and tightness here can affect many of the systems in your body. It's not just about clenched teeth!

How unattractive is forward head posture? - Rounded and elevated shoulders causing neck pain, shoulder and arm pain and headaches. This can lead to pains in the upper back as the weight of the head causes stress on the the thoracic vertebrae. A forward tilting pelvis causes an increase in the lumbar curve and a protruding stomach. Stress is placed on the hips and lower back and can result in spinal and joint dysfunction.

Now will you sit and stand better?

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