Have you ever been ordered to sit up straight or chastised for slouching at a family meal? These kinds of remarks are irritating, but they aren't incorrect. Your posture, or how you hold your body while sitting or standing, is the basis for all of your body's movements and can influence how well it adapts.
Things like carrying weight or sitting in an uncomfortable position may cause these stresses. And then there's gravity, which we all feel every day. Your muscles have to work harder to keep you upright and balanced if your posture is poor. Some muscles will stiffen and become inflexible. Others will be stifled in the future. The capacity of your body is harmed by these defective adaptations.
Wrong vs Right sitting Posture.
Poor posture causes extra wear and tear on your joints and ligaments, raises the risk of injuries, and reduces the efficiency of certain organs, such as your lungs. Scoliosis, stress headaches, and back pain have all been attributed to bad posture, but it isn't the sole cause of any of them.
Even your mental state and pain perception can be influenced by your posture. As a result, there are many reasons to strive for good posture. But it's becoming more difficult these days. Sitting in an uncomfortable position for a long time, as well as using computers or mobile devices that allow you to look downward, can lead to poor posture.
Bad Posture can have long lasting effects
Many studies show that, on average, people's posture is deteriorating. So, when you look at the spine from the front or back, what does proper posture look like? From the side, all three vertebrae should appear to be stacked in a straight line. Three curves should be present in your spine: one at the collar, one at the hips, and one at the small of your back.
You didn't come into this world with a spine like this. The other curves in a baby's spine normally grow between the ages of 12 and 18 months. These curves help us stay upright and absorb some of the tension from tasks like walking and jumping while our muscles improve. If they are correctly aligned.
You should be able to draw a straight line from just in front of your shoulders to behind your hip, then to the front of your knee and a few inches in front of your ankle while you're standing up. This holds your center of gravity directly above your base of support, allowing you to travel quickly while avoiding exhaustion and muscle strain. Your neck should be straight, not tilted down, while you're sitting. Your arms should be tight to your trunk and your shoulders should be relaxed.
With your feet flat on the floor, your knees should be at a right angle. But what if your posture isn't as good as it should be? Try rearranging your surroundings and adjusting your computer. As a result, it's at or just below eye level. Use ergonomic aids to protect all areas of the body, such as your elbows and wrists.
If necessary, sleep on your side with your neck supported and a pillow between your thighs, wear low heels with good arch support, and use a headset for phone calls. It is also insufficient to simply have good posture. It's important to keep the muscles and joints going. In fact, standing for long periods of time with good posture may be more harmful than normal movement with bad posture.
When you do travel, make sure you move smartly and hold whatever you're holding close to you. Backpacks should be worn symmetrically and in contact with your back. If you spend a lot of time sitting, get up and walk about on a regular basis, and make sure to exercise.
On top of all the other benefits to your joints, bones, brain, and heart, using your muscles will keep them healthy enough to serve you effectively. If you're very concerned, see a physical therapist, so you can definitely stand up straight.
Improving your posture gradually will improve your whole body from inside out.