Many people suffer from back or neck pain at some point in their lives. Most of the time pain that is not a result of an injury, is caused by a poor posture. Posture, by definition, is the way we hold our body. Good posture means correct alignment of the body parts supported by the right amount of muscle tension against gravity. Improper ways of sitting, driving, standing, or even sleeping puts pressure on discs, ligaments, and joints and eventually causes damage to the spinal structures. Poor posture can also lead to muscle spasms, as well as constriction of the blood vessels and nerves. Although, we are able to control the factors affecting our posture, many times it feels natural to hunch over or to slouch our shoulders. For many people, poor posture becomes a habit and over time; it not only changes anatomical characteristics of the spine, but also decreases circulation, and affects major body organs including the lungs. Recent studies show that bad posture also influences our moods, attitude, and self-esteem, and causes chronic fatigue.
It is very important that we remember to move and position our body properly during daily activities. For example while sitting at the desk you should:
While standing you should:
While sleeping you should:
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