Poor posture refers to any habitual positioning or awkward posture that puts unnecessary strain on the body. Poor posture is a tricky physical pattern of the body. Poor posture can be caused by muscle shortening or tightening. Different factors including biochemical factors and occupational activities can have an impact on posture. Poor posture doesn’t just look bad but also can lead to many other problems. These problems can vary from immediate issues, to longer term complications.
Posture is a pattern of carrying your body or yourself, so it has a huge impact on health. Mostly upper body pains, aches and poor functioning of the nervous system is as a result of bad posture. Bad posture can lead to physical and mental health issues. Poor posture can destroy the health of a person over time. Negative effects of poor posture include shoulder pain, neck pain, stress, depression, anxiety, tension headaches, migraines, high blood pressure, fatigue, insomnia, sleep disorders and endocrine dysfunction.
Most common health effects of poor posture include:
Digestive problems: Drooping affects the functioning of your digestive system. A crouch position makes your internal organs effectively scrunched; as a result, they become unable to perform their functions well. Their working speed becomes slower and causes negative effects on the digestive system. Poor posture is also associated with some hernias and acid reflux.
Affects mood and happiness: It is a surprising fact but it’s true. Posture has a direct impact on your mood and happiness. Perfect posture can boost your mood and make you feel happy. If you are habitual to a poor posture, it can lead to lack of confidence. Poor posture shows a lack of self-esteem and confidence. Straight sitting and standing make you feel more confident and raises your self-esteem.
Increases Arthritis: Arthritis and joint replacement patients are more likely to suffer from increased discomfort and pain. Poor posture has a direct impact on arthritis. Arthritis patients should be mindful about their posture. Poor posture can make arthritis symptoms worse.
Spinal curvature: Spinal changes are the most common negative effects of poor posture. Long term sitting or standing with poor posture put a great pressure on your spine. The unnatural positions of the spine hinder the natural curve of the spine. These changes can cause long-term discomfort, pain, reduce the ability of the spine to absorb shock and make it unable to maintain the proper balance of the body.
High risk of cardiovascular issues: People who perform daily activities with poor posture can increase the risk of developing many cardiovascular diseases. A whole day working or sitting with bad posture affect the functioning of the cardiovascular system and necessary circulations of the body, which can lead to the formation of spider veins.
Back pain: Long time sitting with improper posture can lead to disc degeneration and chronic back pain. If you maintain poor posture for a long time you may experience a gradual increase in back pain.
Lung function: Poor posture has an impact on the amount of air you take into your lungs while breathing. Leaning or hunching forward can influence the functioning of lungs. When your lung function is reduced then vital organs of the body including, brain and heart, are unable to get the oxygen they need and cause breath shortness, poor cognitive function, or even worse vascular and heart disease.
Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person due to lifestyle, healthy eating, body type and dedication to the program. No individual result should be seen as typical. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.