8 reasons why poor posture is harmful for your health

8 reasons why poor posture is harmful for your health

Most of us would agree that during childhood, the reminders to ‘sit up straight’ and ‘don’t slouch’ were countless. The truth is that we also need these reminders regularly in adulthood. Activities like sitting at a desk all day, Netflix and chill time, high-heel shoes and looking down at a smartphone are likely harming your posture.

This blog highlights 8 reasons why poor posture is harmful for your health.

What is Posture?

“Posture” describes the positioning of your body, when you’re sitting, standing, walking and lying down. It refers to how your head, shoulders, spine, hips, knees and ankles are lining up, and how they relate to each other.

 

What is Good Posture?

When your body is in a healthy postural position, it’s aligned. This means that the natural forces of gravity are effectively distributed throughout your muscles, ligaments and tendons (with minimal energy usage). Thus, no one structure is over stressed, reducing the risk of muscle strains and joint pains.

Good posture enables you to move easily, maximising your flexibility as well as the strength of your muscles. It helps you to maintain concentration and work productively. You’ll feel less fatigued, because you’re losing less energy due to compensating for strains present in your body’s ligaments, joints and muscles. This enables your vital organs and nervous system to function effectively.

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Look at a young child (around the age of 2 years old) for a fabulous example of what ‘good posture’ and movement look like. You will notice the three main curves of their spine forms an ‘S’ shape. The cervical curve develops when they start to lift their head. The lumbar curve, when they begin to walk. And the third curve, the thoracic curve, goes in the opposing direction, joining the set of three to form the ‘S’ shape. This shape in the spine is vitally important, as it is the basis of its suspension, and creates the magical and crucial combination of flexibility and strength.

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What is poor posture?

When you have “poor posture” you’re essentially out of alignment. Some of your muscles have to work harder to keep you upright, which causes imbalances and can lead to stresses, strains and tiredness.

So let’s delve into the 8 Health Issues caused by Poor Posture:

1) Headaches

Are commonly caused by straining our head, neck, jaw and upper back muscles.

 

2) Jaw pain can be caused by a forward head posture

Forward head posture, causes strain in at least the neck and suboccipital muscles. This can overwork or overload your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), resulting in pain and potentially leading to further pain and difficulties with the jaw and surrounding areas.

 

3) Back pain is a common consequence

It can become chronic, impeding your ease and range of movement, ultimately reducing your quality of life.

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4) Spine Curvature

Poor posture over time will cause the natural curvature of your spine to change shape. This can impact all facets of your body, as your spine’s natural function as a shock absorber will deteriorate.

 

5) Shoulder pain

Also commonly occurs, particularly from a forward, hunched posture. This stresses the rotator cuff muscles and tendons, in particular, which can get pinched, or potentially torn. This can lead to significant pain and weakness in the shoulder.

6) Hip, knee and foot pain

Can be caused by poor alignment of either hip, knee or foot, or all of them. This misalignment can lead to muscle weakness, tightness and lack of flexibility. Ultimately resulting in strains and pain. Examples include “sciatica” or sciatic pain, and plantar fasciitis.

 

7) Tiredness, breathing and digestive problems

Can all be caused by poor posture. As can a pot belly appearance. Issues such as slouching or any level of kyphosis that restricts your rib cage, compresses your diaphragm and other internal organs. Making it harder for your lungs to inhale a full breath and exhale it completely. Which can lead to shallow breathing and respiratory issues, increased stress levels, lack of energy, fatigue or tiredness. Ultimately affecting your productivity. It can even make it hard for your intestines to digest food effectively, which can further lead to digestive disorders.

 

8) Bad Mood

A study from the journal Health Psychology found that people who sat with a slumped posture exhibited more negative moods, more fear, and lower self-esteem than those who sat upright. (refer to your teacher was right blog).

No one wants to be in pain, or have their posture likened to the third guy in the evolution of man. So take care of your posture, seek support to learn the correct exercises and postural alignments for your body, and you’ll find a multitude of health benefits will follow.

Where to seek help to improve your posture?

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore, our qualified Osteopath, remedial masseuse and health and lifestyle coaches will be able to support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

Healthy Teeth and Gums: Optimising with Food!

Healthy Teeth and Gums: Optimising with Food!

We all want healthy teeth and gums, right? Did you know that the health of our teeth, gums and mouth in general, is a window for the health of our bodies? If we have bleeding gums or chronic mild infection, this can directly increase the inflammation present in the rest of our body and may even be an indicator of ill-health somewhere else in our body. By eating fruits and vegetables, we can positively impact not only our general health, but also create the healthy teeth and gums that we want.

We know that fruits and vegetables are good for us, but
how do they help our mouth and teeth?

B VITAMINS

Many fruits and vegetables are rich sources of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. For example, folic acid and other B vitamins, found especially in leafy greens supports healthy cell growth in general, supporting a healthy mouth.

FIBRE

Fresh, crisp fruits and raw vegetables help freshen breath and clean plaque from teeth. Eating fibrous, fresh, raw foods such as apples, oranges, carrots or celery, as well as other hard and fibrous vegetables for example, help to clean teeth (although not a substitute for flossing and brushing). The large amount of chewing required, stimulates saliva production, washing away the acids present (citric and malic acids predominantly) as well as other food particles that may be present in the mouth. The chewing also stimulates the gums and reduces cavity causing bacterial build up.

VITAMIN C

Foods rich in vitamin C such as apples, pears, oranges, pineapples, strawberries, cucumbers and tomatoes, protect tissues, including gums from cellular damage as well as against bacterial infection. Vitamin C also provides an immune boost, improves blood vessel and gum health and acts as an anti-inflammatory.

BETA-CAROTENE

Foods rich in beta carotene or any carotenoids, such as carrot, root vegetables (and celery) support vitamin A production, an essential nutrient for strong, healthy teeth.

COFACTORS FOR CALCIUM

Dark leafy green and cruciferous vegetables such as kale, cabbage, chard, asparagus and broccoli, contain a great variety of micronutrients. These include calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, beta carotene, vitamin C and vitamin A, as well as the B vitamins already mentioned. Many of these nutrients especially magnesium and phosphorus are important for the body to absorb and store calcium in the bones and teeth. As well as supporting the body’s ability to balance pH, which is essential for strong bones and teeth.

ANTHOCYANINS

Cranberries have been shown to reduce plaque formation and tooth decay by disrupting an enzyme involved in this process. Anthocyanins, phytonutrients (plant nutrients) present in foods containing reds, purples and blues are also healthful. This includes foods such as all berries, pomegranates, cherries, eggplant, plums, prunes, raisins, red grapes, red apples, red onion, red cabbage, red kidney beans and beetroot. These compounds are powerful antioxidants that seem to have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-cancer properties. Further, they may specifically prevent the attachment and colonisation of pathogens.

VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE

These are just a few ways in which fruits and vegetables can help keep your mouth and teeth healthy.
Hopefully, it is clear that a large variety of different fruits and vegetables, especially encompassing the rainbow of colours, can support general health as well as tooth and mount health in a multitude of ways. Thus making eating as wide as possible a variety a useful, cost effective, efficient, simple and healthful strategy for most of us.

The easiest way to make use of the power of healthful fruits and vegetables is just to make sure to incorporate as many as you can into your daily life. Any improvements here will not only improve the quality of your general health, but also greatly impact your mouth. Allowing you strong and healthy teeth and gums, well into old-age.

Another, is to strip your diet back to a simple, clean eating protocol for just a short period of time. During this time, make sure that the majority of what you eat is fresh fruits and vegetables. This allows your digestive system a chance to not work so hard, as you’ve reduced your meat and processed food intake. This in itself, plus the addition of a larger volume of nutrients and fibre from this plant based eating, can allow your body to take a moment and remove more toxins from the system.

A short and simple detoxification process is a great way to periodically help your body to purge and to repair. Are you ready to begin a simple, food-based detoxification process?