Poor posture puts stress on your body. When your spine, shoulders, neck, or other joints are stressed or out of alignment, this tension may cause many negative effects.
Unfortunately, many people today have poor posture, especially those who sit for long periods (at desks, in cars, while watching TV, etc.). However, you may have poor posture when standing, walking, or doing just about anything.
Poor posture often results in all kinds of potential health problems, from pain and discomfort to difficulty focusing to a lack of energy and much more.
The good news is you can take action to improve your posture and help your body heal itself from the negative effects. You don’t need to live with pain, fatigue, or other issues anymore. Understanding how poor posture affects your life may help you recognize the problem and learn how to find relief.
Poor Posture Causes Muscle Weakness and Fatigue
When you have poor posture—whether sitting, standing, or lying down—you force your muscles to tense up and work harder to support your body. Over time, this tension wears muscles down, causing pain and discomfort. This may also leave you feeling fatigued, cause headaches, make it more difficult to walk or exercise comfortably, and cause difficulty sleeping.
Poor Posture Impairs Circulation
Having poor posture hampers the circulation of blood throughout your body, because tight muscles and joints often put added pressure on your body and compress your arteries. That constriction makes it tougher for healthy blood to get to all parts of your body, which means nutrients and oxygen may not be able to get where they need to go.
Poor Posture Compromises Focus and Creativity
Incorrect posture doesn’t just cause physical problems. It can also make you have difficulty focusing, being creative, and staying on top of tasks in various ways. For instance, slouching gives your lungs less space to function properly and may actually decrease your lung capacity. Reduced lung capacity means less oxygen goes to your brain, which makes thinking clearly and being creative more difficult.
When combined with circulation issues and fatigue, which are also often caused by poor posture, it becomes very difficult to focus and be productive.
If the tension in your body causes headaches, that further exacerbates the problem. If your head hurts, if you’re tired, and if you’re in pain, then you’re going to have trouble focusing and being creative.
How to Improve your Posture and Regain Your Energy
The good news is that you don’t have to just live with the negative effects of poor posture. Strengthening your body, correcting skeletal misalignments, and reducing tension in your muscles helps ease pain and discomfort and allows your body to function as it should.
There are several ways to improve your posture, strengthen your body, and get your energy back. For some people, chiropractic care may be the solution. In other cases, massage therapy may help.
The journey toward greater health and wellness is a personalized one. Each person is different, so, the strategies that will help you improve your posture and put your body back into balance will depend on your unique situation. We can help you find a solution that works for you, improving your posture and allowing your body to function as it should. Ready to get started? Contact us today for a free phone consultation.