How do you feel about your posture? With today’s world always being on computers, phones and tablets, our posture is taking a serious beating. The average person now spends approximately 10 Hours a day sitting! Not only is slouching making you look unconfident and less attractive, it’s actually affecting your health as well. Dr. Josh and I have outlined 5 ways that posture can affect your health, and how to help!
Poor Posture Can Lead To Neck Pain, Text Neck, Back Pain And Headaches
Do you get headaches, have neck or back pain from being on your phone, tablet or computer all day? You totally aren’t alone…this is a growing EPIDEMIC! New research is finally being produced about the long-term affects that long-term slouching has on health, and it’s not looking good. Poor posture leads to strain on the muscles in the back and neck and early wear and tear on the spine and its discs. This causes degeneration, leading to symptoms like neck pain, back pain and headaches!
Poor Posture Can Make You Sad And Depressed
I bet you never thought that slouching could be related to sadness and depression and a slew of other negative emotions?! A recent psychological research study shows that people who sat up straight ‘reported feeling more enthusiastic, excited, and strong, while the slumped participants reported feeling more fearful, hostile, nervous, quiet, still, passive, dull, sleepy, and sluggish.”
Poor Posture Can Decrease Your Energy
As your head starts to translate forward, what the medical world calls forward head posture (FHP), it puts more and more of a strain on your neck and upper back. The human head weighs about 11 pounds (5kg) and tilting it forward by just 15 degrees can put 27 pounds (12.2kg) of pressure on your neck! You can imagine how this overworks the muscles so quickly, causing fatigue and lethargy. My patients with FHP commonly complain that their ‘head feels heavy all the time.’ Do you feel like that too? Now you know why!
Poor Posture Can Cause Digestive Issues
When we slouch forward day in and day out, our digestive organs are compressed, almost like a garden hose is compressed when you stand on it. Thus, food cannot pass and digest properly, leading to sluggish digestion. Your lack of moment during the day will only make the problem worse. Research even has shown that your post-lunch forward slouching affects the absorption of carbohydrates and many other nutrients.
Poor Posture Can Cause Respiratory Issues
Let’s play a little game. I want you to slouch forward and try to take a deep breath. THEN, sit up straight, with your shoulders rolled back and take another deep breath. Which breath was easier? The second one, right?! Now you can see how being slouched forward for years can affect your breathing, long-term.
How To Fix Your Posture?
So how do you fix your posture if you have to work at a computer all day? You certainly cannot quit your job! Check out my blog post: 5 Easy Ways To Good Posture, for some simple tips that you can implement in your daily life. Proper ergonomics are SO vital and I’ve written a separate post about that as well: 5 Easy Ways To Prevent Back Pain While Sitting At a Desk. Finally, you MUST counteract 10 hours a day of sitting with stretching and exercising. Check out my Blog Post: 10 Exercises To Strengthen Your Back And Improve Your Posture, to learn more!
Check Out The Posture Protector App
We created the Posture Protector App because we just couldn’t watch patients, young and old, slumped over their phones in our office anymore! The App alerts you when you slouch while using your phone by dimming your screen, vibrating or beeping (your choice). This helps you avoid slouching and improves your overall health! It’s currently available on the Google Play Store.
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Thanks so much for reading! Here’s to better posture and better health!
Dr. Nichole 🙂
Co-Creator: Posture Protector App