The effects of Poor Posture are detrimental to your health. The effects of poor posture are not just something you observe in the mirror. Usually, mothers are rather observant and share their concerns about their child’s posture. Have you ever tried to sit up straight or tell a child to stand straight but no matter what they seem to sink back into their slouch posture? You see, when your spine and muscles are out of balance or weak, you must consciously tell your body to keep straight. However, the moment you set your mind on something else, you go right back to your poor posture.
Although poor posture may seem to be superficial, the effects of poor posture can be devastating. Even if you don’t mind the poor image of a poor posture, most people can certainly feel it. Poor posture can be the reason for neck pain, pain between the shoulders, shoulder pain, lower back pain, knee pain, foot pain, reduced range of movement, and even headaches! I know because I see it everyday in my office, but don’t take my word for it. Check out the research below.
Effects of Poor Posture Research
- “All measures of health status showed significantly poorer scores as C7 (cervical neck bone) plumb line deviation increased.” Spine. 2005. (C7 is the last bottommost cervical or neck vertebra. When it shifts further away from the ear, the effects of poor posture worsen your health condition)
- “Older men and women with hyperkyphotic posture have higher mortality rates.” Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2004. (Hyperkyphotic is the posture you see with those who have a hump at the back of their neck and mid-back. In this case, the effects of poor posture increase your chance of death.)
- “Spinal pain, headache, mood, blood pressure, pulse, and lung capacity are among the functions most easily influenced by posture.” American Journal of Pain Management. 1994.
- Bad posture could raise your blood pressure. Study finds neurolink between position of neck muscles and high blood pressure.” The Journal of Neuroscience. 2007. (We don’t think the effects of poor posture cause high blood pressure in everyone since hypertension has many other possible causes.)
Don’t Let the Effects of Poor Posture Undermine Your Health
Without intervention, the effects of poor posture get worse due to the effects of gravity and poor sitting posture habits. In other words, poor posture does not correct itself. In many cases, poor posture can be corrected to help reduce additional stress on the muscles and joints. If you know someone who has poor posture, call us today for a full posture examination.