Do you think you have a good or a bad posture? Are you sitting and slouching while you are reading this, or have you already sunk into your chair? Posture is associated with your looks, your physical, and mental health. The right posture can make a great difference to your life. Read on to know more about the importance of posture.
What are the causes for bad posture?
- Bad furniture: Be it a sofa or your office chair, bad furniture used regularly can be the fundamental reason for pain. A soft sofa comfortable enough that you to sink in it can cause continuous back and neck pain, and even alter your posture. Similarly, sitting on an office chair that does not support your back can lead to posture-related problems.
- A desk job is one of the biggest reasons for your stooped back. People doing desk jobs, often push their neck and head forward, and stoop their shoulders in a rounded position, which leads to poor posture.
- People like nurses and teachers need to stand for a long time. They start shifting their weight on one leg then the other. This continuous shifting can cause the spine to tilt.
- In laboratories, lab technicians need to bend their neck for long time periods, which causes neck pain, neck stiffness, etc.
- Footwear: Although the bad effects of wearing heels cannot be underestimated, hard shoes without heels can also lead to leg pain, knee pain, and back pain. These, in turn, can lead to wrong posture adjustments. This may prove dangerous in the long run.Women who walk on heels are more prone to posture related problems because of uneven distribution of weight on the heels.
- Lifestyle: Due to sedentary lifestyles and physical inactivity, people do not bother about their proper posture.
- Lack of nutrition: The spine needs proper nutrients to grow strong and stay straight. Less nutrition and lack of vitamins and calcium affects bones and muscles. This leads to the body not having adequate strength and flexibility to maintain a correct posture.
The Spine and Correct Posture
Keeping a spine straight does not mean that you have a good posture because deliberately keeping straight spine for prolonged periods of time actually means you are straining your back muscles. But to maintain a right posture, you need to have adequate muscular strength and flexibility, which should be equally balanced on both the sides of the spine.
A good posture is only attained if we maintain the four natural curves of the spine. These are:
- Neck (cervical) region: concave curve
- Upper back to mid-back (thoracic) region: convex curve
- Mid-back to lower back (lumbar) region: concave curve
- Lower back till the buttocks (sacrum and coccyx) region: convex curve
Why is it important to maintain good posture?
Maintaining a good posture is necessary to avoid many health issues. A few examples include:
- Degeneration of the bone
- Slip disc
- Osteophytes formation
- Compression of the nerves
All these issues lead to pain, numbness, tingling, and burning sensations. Maintaining a wrong posture for prolonged time periods can lead to permanent deformity of the spine. When you are maintaining the right posture then you don’t need to make an effort to maintain it.
Reasons to have a good Posture:
There are five basic reasons why it is beneficial to maintain a good posture.
- To build strong core muscles: If one’s core muscles are strong then there is less chance of getting back pain. Good posture will also help maintain the natural curve of the spine.
- To avoid complications: Bad posture results in many complications and increases the chances of back pain, less blood circulation, a slip disc, degenerations, etc.
- To improve personality: People with good posture look more smart and attractive, which also helps them to gain more self-confidence.
- To promote better breathing: When good posture is maintained, and the spine is naturally straight, there is no pressure placed on the lungs. The person can breathe properly without any difficulty.
- To improve thinking capability and concentration: Our brain requires 21% oxygen to work properly. As mentioned earlier, good posture supports the intake of oxygen. More oxygen to the brain will increase a person’s concentration and thinking ability.
I hope our ‘Posture Correction Week’ has been helpful to you. We hope that you will be motivated to correct and maintain your posture so that you lead a healthy and pain-free life.