The effects of bad posture and how Physical Therapy can help
Bad posture can have a serious effect on one’s health and performance. It can cause – amongst others – headaches, shoulder, back, hip, knee, and ankle /foot pain. Back pain is the number one cause of missed work days and the leading cause of disability world wise.
Gravity is a constant force that pulls on the body, we need to fight gravity and position ourselves in a way that opposes these forces. The body is designed to move and being upright and positioned well allows your rib cage and lungs to expand increasing oxygen intake, thus improving circulation to not only your vital organs but your muscles and joints too. A recent European study found men with postural deficits had a 64% higher risk of developing CHD (Coronary Heart Disease).
Bad habits such as slouching at a desk or on the sofa may feel comfortable in the short term but will likely cause long term effects that will be detrimental to the spine. Standing with your weight shifted to one leg will cause an asymmetry increasing risk of hip, low back and pelvic pain.
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