As children, we were often told to stand up straight. This advice is extremely important because having good posture leads to a strong, healthy spine and helps reduce a number of spine-related issues. Headaches, neck and back pains are common results of poor posture since it causes our ligaments and muscles to work exceptionally hard in order to keep our bodies balanced. Inactivity and slouching create tension and muscle fatigues, which leads to bad posture as well.
Health Issues From Poor Posture
Issues with poor posture can cause joint degeneration, spinal dysfunction, rounded shoulders, neck pain, back pain, muscle fatigue, headaches, bent knees, body aches and a protruding stomach. People with bad posture tend to lean their heads forward, which causes the jaw to clench and facial muscles to tense. This can lead to painful jaw issues and headaches. After some time, jaw clenching can cause the temporomandibular joint to tense so much that it wears it down.
Hunching your shoulders and back creates muscle tension and pain. Pain and muscle tension also occurs if you try to fix your posture by holding the shoulders back. This tension will create back stiffness and overall pain. After a while, conditions can worsen to the point where the spinal column’s joint degenerates or shoulders are permanently rounded.
Hunching can also reduce your lung capacity by lowering it by up to 30 percent. If your lungs are not performing as they should be, then the brain, heart and body tissues will not receive the appropriate amount of oxygenated blood. Lack of oxygenated blood can cause breath shortness, vascular and blood disease. Poor posture can also contribute to gastrointestinal pains through gastrointestinal system functions interference by making it harder for food to move through the intestines.
Poor posture interrupts many of our body’s natural functions such muscle length, muscle strength, muscle fibers and nervous system response. Our deeper muscles are responsible for giving feedback to the brain. With poor posture, the brain keeps telling the body to stand upright, which causes contraction in the muscles. Too much contraction can cause pain and overall fatigue.
After some time, poor posture will require support from phasic fibers. This causes supporting muscles that are deep in the body to weaken due to inactivity. Inactive, weak muscles tighten and cause spinal bone compaction, which leads to even poorer posture.
Two kinds of fiber make up our skeletal muscle, phasic and static. Phasic muscle fibers assist us in activity and movement. Static muscle fibers allow ups to keep our posture without requiring much additional effort. It also helps with our balance and letting the brain know our body’s position. Static fibers are able to work for a long period of time without getting tired and they burn energy at a slow rate as well.
Phasic fibers, on the other hand, are quick to tire. Poor posture contributes to muscle fatigue since it uses phasic fibers to keep the body upright, instead of the appropriate static fibers.
Anyone with poor posture issues should visit a chiropractor, physiotherapist or osteopath immediately in order to correct the problem as soon as possible.