On Slouching and Stooping: How Poor Posture Can Affect Your Health

postureWhen you were young, mum would always tell you to ‘straighten up!’ and ‘sit properly!’ These orders may sound strict and old-fashioned, but her nagging is actually beneficial. Doing anything in upright position does more than making you look taller.

Slouching and stooping may negatively affect your health. This is why many organisations actively advocate the benefits of having an improved posture. For one, Strategic Safety Australia educates its clients about the importance of making the workplace ergonomically smart to encourage people to keep themselves in good posture. Physiotherapists and sports experts explain that maintaining a good posture reduces strains on the supporting parts of the body and allows efficient movements.

Good posture can keep you from experiencing the following consequences:

Body Pains

When you slouch, you’re actually leaning your head and shoulders forward. This set-up usually causes headaches and pains in the jaw. It may also cause stress on your back and shoulders. Your body experiences strains, since certain muscle groups work more than they can just to support your weight, whether you’re sitting or standing.

Changes in Spine’s Curvature

Activities that make you tilt or lean your head forward, such as texting and typing, may cause neck pains. In an article published in The Atlantic, an expert explains that as the head tilts forward, the forces seen by the neck surges to 27 pounds to 15 degrees. The amount of force changes the higher the angle your head is leaning forward.

Bad posture also changes the curvature of your spine. From its natural S shape, it will turn into a shape that may resemble the letter C. When you don’t do anything about your posture, the unnatural curvature of the spine may cause damages on your body’s joints, muscles and blood vessels.

Inefficient Digestion

As the curvature of your backbone changes, the orientation of the organs in front of it also changes. When you slouch, you’re actually folding up your intestines. If your intestines stay this way, digestion will be slowed down.

Anxiety and Depression

Poor posture doesn’t allow efficient breathing. If you have an inefficient breathing system, your heart and lungs will not get overworked. Furthermore, bad posture brings in less oxygen, which is needed in blood transport. This in turn lowers your energy levels, which may cause anxiety and depression.

These are only some of the negative effects of poor posture. If you want to improve your stance, adopt healthy habits and improve some ergonomic elements at home and at work.