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habits begin in childhood ,and as we grow, gravitational forces can take their toll on our joints and skeletal alignment. Maintaining proper posture while sitting, standing and engaging in athletic activities is important.
Our posture has a major impact not only on our appearance, but our overall health as well. People with poor posture are more likely to suffer from back pain, neck pain, headaches or other discomforts due to spinal misalignment, muscle imbalance and poor circulation. In fact, Hippocrates, the Father of modern Medicine, said, "Look to the spine for the cause of disease."

Our postural habits begin in childhood ,and as we grow, gravitational forces can take their toll on our joints and skeletal alignment. Maintaining proper posture while sitting, standing and engaging in athletic activities is important. As we age, the discs in our spine begin to compress and dehydrate while the curves in our back may become exaggerated, such as a Dowager's hump (kyphosis) or swayback (hyperlordosis). If we don't actively take care of our spine and muscles we could, as we grow older, progress towards a permanent slouch. We may or may not have health insurance, but maintaining a proper posture surely brings benefits as we age. There are a number of factors that can contribute to a bad posture, but there are also a variety of strategies that one can adopt to help.
A number of factors can contribute to poor posture.

A number of factors can contribute to poor posture.
Sitting or standing in one position all day can lead to postural overload and chronic shortening of specific muscles. Being overweight will shift the forces in our spine and joints, potentially leading to accelerated degeneration. Poor footwear, such as wearing high heels or shoes with flat arches, will alter your low back biomechanics. Fatigue is another factor which will contribute to weak and tired muscles, leading to slouching.

These factors can be dealt with, however. Exercise and common sense will help. Strategies include:

1. Regular exercise, particularly walking, swimming or aqua aerobics

2. Changing the angle of your chair or car seat to help maintain a normal lumbar curve

3. Avoid activities which tend to cause prolonged bending or hunching forward

4. Avoid sitting for more than 30 minutes without taking a break. Get up, stretch or walk around for a few moments

5. Lose that extra weight, particularly around the middle. This will help reduce the pressure on the vertebral discs

6. Reduce the risk of osteoporosis with a diet that includes adequate amounts of calcium and regular weight-bearing exercise

7. Finally, in order to maintain good posture, we must be conscious of how we're standing, sitting and moving about. The little bit of effort we now use to stay balanced will go a long way in keeping us upright and healthy for years to come.

 

 

 


 
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