Dec 18, 2023


Do you slouch, slump, or hunch when sitting or standing? Have you ever wondered why there is so much emphasis on a good posture? Do you think it relates only to physical appearance or do you think it has actual health benefits? Maintaining a good posture has always been advised by parents and teachers at schools since our early days, but many of us have seemed to forget its benefits.

Posture relates to the orientation of the spinal cord when we are sitting, lying down, or standing. In this article, you will understand the effects of an improper posture as well as the techniques to correct it.

Consequences due to misaligned posture can result in:

  1. Excessive pressure and stress on the connective tissues surrounding the joints

  2. Hinder growth from pressure on the spinal cord and its surrounding nerves

  3. Appearing shorter in height due to slouching

  4. Developing a hunchback that often leads to health issues as well as loss of self-confidence

  5. Increased risk of osteoarthritis due to the wear down of connective tissues, resulting in the bones of the joints rubbing together which is very painful

  6. Disruption of normal organ function

It’s time to straighten up… figuratively and quite literally!

  • Change your daily habits and routine

  • Shed extra pounds

  • Ditch daily use of comprising shoes (ex: high heels)

  • Invest in a good quality mattress and pillow

  • Exercise regularly

Change your daily habits:

Adjust your working environment accordingly. If you have an office job and are sitting for long periods of time, you should invest in a good quality table and chair. Make sure your knees share at the same level as your hips, your feet stay flat on the floor. and your back is resting against the chair when you are sitting. You can do this by putting a cushion or pillow behind you.

Shed extra pounds:

Bulging belly and extra body weight can put excess pressure on the back and pelvis. It also weakens the body’s joints and bones. Calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) and try to stay in the recommended range for your age and height by devising a workout and diet plan. [See blog]

Proper shoe support:

Your feet’s natural arch supports the curve of your spine, which helps maintain a healthy posture. Avoid regular use of shoes like high heels and let your spine, knees, and soles rest. Don’t sacrifice support for style.

Invest in a good quality mattress and pillow:

Choose the right mattress that is not too soft nor too hard. Always put a pillow under your head while you are sleeping. Try to sleep on your sides instead of sleeping on your back or stomach.

Exercise regularly

Keep yourself healthy by exercising on a regular basis. Go for a walk or jog at least three to five times a week. Indulging in healthy activities on a regular basis keeps the muscles that support your spine, and inevitably your whole body, strong.

REMEMBER: Proper posture supports and balances the body. Always remember to take care of your posture because the consequences of a poor one are beyond looks and appearance.  

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