Posture and Good Health

1 September 2011

Posture & Health Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting or lying down. Your posture directly affects your health. When your posture is bad, pressure on your spine is increased. This can lead to tension, soreness, headaches, back pain and fatigue.

Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of poor posture. It takes a lot of energy to hold the body in an awkward position, and in turn this alters our breathing capacity, which can be diminished by up to 30%. Good posture is the correct alignment of body parts supported by the right amount of muscle tension against gravity. A good postural position permits you to breathe better, and as a result reduced fatigue and minimises other side-effects associated with bad posture. Proper posture keeps muscles, ligaments, bones and internal organs in their natural position. This reduces wear and tear of joints, and relieves stress, improving health and enhancing your appearance. Good posture can also increase self-confidence, people adopting good posture not only display greater confidence but have a stronger belief in their own abilities than those with poor posture. The first step to correcting bad posture is to understand that that our lifestyle habits might be exposing us to bad posture and then taking steps to address them. The next step is seeing the Chiropractor to have an adjustment and start retraining the body to hold better posture.