When we were growing up, how many times do you remember your parents telling you to; “sit up straight”? Well, it turns out that our parents may not have been telling us to straighten up for no reason. Having good posture is of key importance for a variety of health reasons. One reason that might commonly be overlooked is that a proper posture helps our body to breathe well and process oxygen through our lungs properly, as the body intended. Proper breathing promotes good circulation, which in turn, increases concentration and focus, reduces the potential for neck and back pain and increases an over all sense of health and well being.
However, the fact of the matter is that most people do not have good posture. When you think about it, it’s not really that surprising given the fact of how many hours we spend sitting at desks and in front of computers. The large number of hours spent sitting without moving around has led to what could be called an epidemic of bad posture which, in turn, results in countless cases of back and neck pain.
Bad posture can also make you feel tired more easily. Our bodies were designed to perform best from a position of correct posture. When moving or sitting, it’s the spine that will end up taking most of the weight-bearing stress.
Bad posture will move weight to areas of the skeleton that were not designed to handle that amount of weight. In turn, this will make our muscles, ligaments and tendons have to work harder to keep us upright and it puts extra stress on our bones and joints. Over prolonged periods of time, bad posture can cause changes to the spine that can are permanent, leading to chronic pain.
It has also been shown that people who may be experiencing depression, actually felt better simply by having better posture. It’s been proven that good posture increases self-confidence.
A way to determine if you have good posture is that you should be able to draw a line, straight down and through, from the ear to the shoulder, hip, knee and ankle and your chin should be parallel to the floor.
To help maintain good posture, you’ll want to choose a chair that is ergonomically designed and also has extra support for the low back. It’s also recommended that you get up and move around throughout the day as much as possible.
If you are finding that you are suffering from back and neck pain, consider your posture and your activities throughout the day. It could just be a case of needing to “sit up straight!” If you would like to quickly improve any back or neck pain that you many be dealing with; Chiropractic treatments from Framingham Chiropractor could help.