Poor posture affects a huge number of us in the western world. Increasing use of computers and smart phones means it is only going to increase in the coming years! It can have serious effects on the body including pain, stiffness and headaches, but it doesn’t stop there! Coming up are 6 simple facts everyone should know about posture.
Recent research has brought the phenomenon of “Text Neck” into the public eye. This is the forward head posture caused by spending long periods of time looking at a phone or tablet. With the neck at 60º you increase the effective load carried by the neck to 60lb. Thats the equivalent of having a small child sat on the back of your head!
Poor posture causes neck pain, back pain, pins and needles and headaches. Increased strain placed on the joints and muscles surrounding the spine results in stiffness, dysfunction and long term pain.
You may know that stress causes changes in your posture- typically hunched shoulders. But did you know that it works the other way too? Poor posture can actually increase your stress levels. High levels of stress increase your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and a whole host of other illnesses. Improving your posture can reduce your risk of all of these.
Poor posture affects a whole host of your bodies normal functions. An article in The American Journal of Pain Management showed that posture can affect blood pressure, pulse rate, breathing, bowel functions and even your hormonal system. This means that your posture could not only be giving you pain, but could be having a detrimental effect on your overall health status.
As well as influencing stress levels, posture can change your overall mood as well. Improving posture increases self confidence and self esteem. It also improves sleep patterns, and we all know what a difference sleep makes to your mood!
Chiropractic treatment improves your posture by increasing spinal mobility, improving body alignment, relaxing tight muscles and strengthening those that are weak. So why not click here to book an appointment, or call 01225 862140 to speak to one of our chiropractors and find out more about the many ways we can help!