Sit Up, Stand Tall! We have all heard these commands from a parent, grandparent, teacher or our doctors in an effort to get us to have better posture. I remember hearing this command when I was a kid and I always thought of it as adult badgering. That being said, there are good reasons to work on better posture.
Better Posture Better Health
I have found that poor posture contributes to the health issues of approximately half of the patients of my San Diego Chiropractic Center. The following list gives five reasons for you to work on better posture.
1) It doesn’t look good. Poor posture is unattractive making us appear to be tired, dis-interested and lacking in confidence.
2) It wears you down. Poor posture is due to muscular imbalance and weakness. For example, when our heads are jutted forward the muscles in our necks and upper backs have to work much harder. This extra work creates a stretch weakness that results in fatigue, muscle tension headaches, neck pain, back pain, etc.
3) It leads to pain. The pain from poor posture can be significant and even result in disability. Overworked, weakened muscles cause a build up of lactic acid resulting in muscular pain. Chronic postural stress can also cause joint pain and pinched nerves.
4) It makes you injury prone. Chronic postural stress causes sprain/strain injuries that can make ordinary house chores much more likely to result in injuries.
Over my 20 plus years of practice I have seen patients cancel chiropractic appointments in favor of manicures, tanning sessions and for after-work drinks with their co-workers. Despite the fact that poor posture can have series health consequences, I understand that these consequences may not be what motivates people to work on better posture. If not for the negative health effects, work on your posture for vanity. Better posture will make you feel better and look confident!