Modern lifestyles have significantly changed the way people go about their lives. Not everyone out there today is active and on the move on a day to day basis. There is evidently a large portion of the global population that is forced to occupy a certain fixed position such as sitting behind a desk for many hours. There are numerous consequences that come about due to the human body being restricted to one fixed position for long hours. One of them is poor posture.
If your parents always insisted that you sit upright as you were growing up, you may already be aware of the benefits of adopting a proper posture. Adopting a bad posture can be detrimental to your health in the long run. Poor posture is one of the main causes of mental and physical health problems in our modern society. If you frequently experience headaches, back pain, neck pain, prolonged fatigue and depression, it is high time that you consider your posture as the root cause of your problem.
Sitting upright at all times and avoiding spending long hours in a fixed position such as standing up or staying behind a desk are just some of the ways you can maintain a good posture. Bad posture has been associated with a number of health complications that are reported by patients in most hospitals today. Numerous scientific studies have proven that posture has a direct effect on your overall mood. This means that bad posture can lead to conditions such as stress and even depression.
Your overall mood is not something you should take for granted as it also plays a huge role in the normal functioning of your body. Your mood can contribute to you experiencing digestive problems such as indigestion, respiratory issues such as poor breathing, tensions headaches and chronic migraines as well as back, shoulder and neck pain.
Neck pain is the most noticeable and most common effect of bad posture. Sitting in a slouched position for prolonged hours behind your desk or on a chair or sofa can exert a great deal of stress on your upper body. This is especially the case when your body is not properly or ergonomically supported. Neck pain is just one of the symptoms you can expect from adopting a bad posture for a long duration of time. Your back, shoulder and wrists are other areas that may also experience discomfort and pain from adopting a poor posture.
With time, a bad posture can lead to misalignment of the spine which causes more pain and discomfort. What many people do not realize is that a bad posture exerts a lot of stress on the connective tissues that hold joints in place. When the spinal cord is misaligned, the extra stress and weight pressure needs to be redistributed to other tissues to compensate for the slouching.
Continuous aggravation of the nerves in your neck and spine can lead to numbness in your arms, back and legs.