Your mom was right: You really should be sitting up straight.

Growing up, your mom and other adults would always gently remind you to stand and sit up straight because slouching was bad for you. As it turns out, they were right. Poor posture can have a negative effect on your health.

Now take a look around if you are at the office. Or even take a look at yourself in the mirror. What you probably see are a lot of people who are slumped over their computer. Perhaps you are also slumped over your computer.

Now take a look around the next time you go out to dinner. The people around you are all slouched over their smartphones. Technology might be king in our modern world, but many of the advancements work against us.

Before we spent our days slouched over our computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, we once stood tall. Literally.

Sadly, we are a nation of people with poor posture. All of that hunching and slouching is the new norm. And while you might think that poor posture only affects your back, the truth will scare you. Vision Imaging of Kingston, your medical imaging service, shows you the long-term effects of poor posture.

Poor Circulation

If you sit for hours a day in a chair, it will lead to some health problems. If you are sitting in that chair with poor posture, you are at risk of developing circulation issues. If you are sitting all day with poor posture, you are preventing your body from getting the circulation it needs. This can lead to conditions like varicose veins.

In addition to postural changes, you should be getting up at least once an hour and walking around. This will help prevent serious health issues you might encounter in the future.

Fatigue

If you are experiencing lower energy levels and general fatigue, it could be due to poor posture. When you have poor posture, you add tension to parts of your body that weren’t made to bear such weight. These strains and stresses build up over time and start to wear down bones, ligaments and muscles. It even changes the way your muscles fire.

Poor posture and gait require a lot of energy to compensate and maintain. This added stress and strain causes you to become fatigued more quickly. Good posture actually improves your energy.

There has been research that suggests poor posture can negatively affect your mood. In the study, the volunteers who sat upright reported a higher level of alertness, higher self-esteem and a better mood than those who slouched.

Jaw Pain

No kidding. Poor posture can lead to temporomandibular joint syndrome, which basically causes an improper bite pattern.

Breathe Better

In order to properly breathe, your diaphragm needs enough space in the thoracic cavity to release and contract with each breath. When your body is straight and properly aligned, you simply breathe better.

Headaches

Poor posture contributes to tight neck muscles and also comprises the natural curve of your spine. The result is often a headache.

Back and Shoulder Pain

Poor posture can lead to shoulder and back pain. Poor posture can also lead to the contraction and shortening of the lumbar muscles, which will leave you with a sore and tight lower back.

Sexual Function

Having poor posture can adversely affect your sexual function. Poor posture tightens and shortens the pelvic floor muscles, which just happen to be your primary sex muscles. Pelvic floor muscles that are tight and weak can result in weak or nonexistent orgasms.

Digestive Issues

Posture even affects how your body digests food. If you think about it, if you are slouching over a computer all day long, it has to cause problems with your organs. Slouching bunches up your organs and makes it more difficult for them to digest food.

Body Image

Ask around and you won’t find many people who think cavemen are terribly attractive. And not just because of all of the hair, it’s because they have terrible posture.

Hunched shoulders give others the illusion that something is wrong with you. Better posture will have you standing up straight and looking quite good.

Vision Imaging works hard to exemplify excellence and compassion in all aspects of our agency. Contact us to learn more.

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