How Poor Posture Affects Your Health
It’s hard to imagine that the mere way we sit or stand each day can leave us in chronic pain, but it’s true. Your posture can have adverse effects on the obvious (like your back and neck), but can also have hidden repercussions.
While anyone can have poor posture, certain careers are more likely to cause long-term pain.
If you have a desk job, or simply spend a lot of time on your computer in your free time, chances are your posture is harming your health. When we bend over our keyboard, look down at our phones constantly, or simply spend hours every day seated, the muscles in our lower backs get overly taxed. Similarly, people whose job involves lifting and carrying heavy boxes all day are also at risk for poor posture.
Muscle and joint pain are the most common and clear symptoms but poor posture can also affect the joints and muscles in your lower body, including your pelvis, knees, and ankles. Other issues you may run into include chronic headaches, increased stress, trouble sleeping, and digestive issues. In the long run, having poor posture actually puts you at greater risk for developing arthritis. Thankfully, there are ways of improving your posture and can save you from years of long-term medical bills.
Your posture is a learned behavior, both for your mind and your body.
The longer you stay in a certain posture, the more your body adapts, or maladapts, to that position. If your body has learned poor posture, that means that it can also unlearn it. By being conscious of your posture and stretching regularly, you can correct your posture and save yourself from a lot of pain and fatigue. Additionally, you can come into Function 4 Life for myofascial release therapy.
One of the things most affected by poor posture is your fascia, which begins to adhere to one another after just an hour of sitting still. In order to relieve stress on your body, fascia needs to be unstuck from each other. Our team of therapists are experts at finding where your fascial issues are, even if they’re in places you haven’t even noticed yet. We use a combination of assisted stretches and massages to help your body relearn a healthy posture. If necessary, we use athletic tape to help keep you in a good position so that you don’t go right back to your old bad habits.
Your overall health and happiness don’t have to be constantly threatened by poor posture. By being mindful of the way you stand– whether in movement or at rest– you can improve your overall quality of life in ways that you didn’t think were possible anymore.