How Poor Posture Affects Your Health

Our spines are the center of our bodies, carrying our weight and holding the majority of our nerve system. However, the way we sit and stand can wreak serious havoc on how well our body functions. Many people, especially those that lead sedentary lifestyles and work office jobs, suffer from various ailments caused by bad posture. 

In Indianapolis, Indiana, Mass Ave Chiropractic deals with poor posture on a regular basis. Along with back and neck pain, poor posture can result in a number of other issues, from your digestive system to headaches. The way you hold yourself has more of an impact on your health than you think, and good posture can benefit you in noticeable ways. 

What is poor posture? 

Posture refers to the way we stand and sit. When our posture is poor, it lengthens certain muscles and compresses others. Sitting and standing poorly can also cause issues with our spine and organs. Poor posture is usually defined as: 

When we hold these positions for long periods of time, our body gets used to sitting and standing that way. It can take effort to correct poor posture, but failing to sit up straight and stand correctly can put a strain on your body. 

The effects of bad posture

Our posture influences the rest of our body, and holding yourself poorly can lead to a variety of issues

Back pain 

Lower back pain is often caused by sedentary lifestyles and poor posture. Many people who work desk jobs and drive long distances experience higher rates of back problems. 

Digestive issues 

When you sit improperly, it compresses your organs and makes it harder for you to digest food. This can lead to stomach aches and acid reflux. 

Pelvic problems 

While it sounds outrageous, poor posture can even cause issues with your ability to relieve yourself. People with poor posture report that they have trouble with constipation, urinary retention, and even pain during intercourse. 

Soreness and fatigue 

Having poor posture during the day can cause various aches and pains throughout the body — especially the head, neck, and shoulders. This affects our sleep, making fatigue an issue.  

Headaches

Having bad posture while looking at a screen, monitor, or desk can cause neck pain. This neck pain can radiate up into the head, leading to painful headaches and stiffness. 

Arthritis 

On top of general soreness, poor posture has long-term impacts on our body, especially arthritis. While bad posture can usually be fixed, joint degradation and arthritis can make it harder as you get older. For this reason, it's best to correct poor posture early.  

If you're interested in correcting your posture and assessing any issues you already have, a visit to a trusted chiropractor can give you valuable insight into the state of your spine. Dr. Joe Kielur is also experienced in giving lifestyle advice to people that seek to correct their posture and improve their health. To schedule an appointment, call 317-427-5345 or use our online booking tool to set a date. 

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