Posture is at the top of the list when you are talking about good health. It is as important as eating healthy nutritious food, exercising, getting a good night’s sleep and avoiding potentially harmful substances like alcohol, drugs and tobacco. Good posture is a way of doing things with more energy, less stress and fatigue.
Posture is one of the first things, I as a Physical Therapist, assess as soon as a patient walks through my door. Your posture can tell a story. If there are imbalances in your posture, then those imbalances will cause damage to the muscle-skeletal system if it hasn’t already. Being aware of your posture (sitting and standing posture) is the first step to correcting poor posture. If you have an injury your posture changes to protect the body, but this compensation will eventually lead to a habit and poor alignment. So it is imperative to correct your posture to prevent further damage to your body.
Good Posture is Good Health We are a health conscious society today and good posture is a part of it. Because good posture means your bones are properly aligned and your muscles, joints and ligaments can work as nature intended. It means your vital organs are in the right position and can function efficiency.
Without good posture, your overall health may be compromised. Because the long-term effects of poor posture can affect bodily systems (such as digestion, elimination, breathing, muscles, joints and ligaments), a person who has poor posture may often be tired or unable to work efficiently or move properly.
Even for younger people, how you carry yourself when working, relaxing or playing can have big effects. Did you know that just fifteen minutes reading, typing, or playing video games when using the wrong positions exhausts the muscles of your neck, shoulders and upper back? I am begging the parents; please correct your children’s posture when playing video games! Children play video games for hours, and hours of poor posture equals years of damage to the body.
Poor Posture – How Does it Happen? Often, poor posture develops because of accidents or falls. But bad posture can also develop from environmental factors or bad habits. This means that you have control.
Today, posture-related problems are increasing:
- As we become a society that watches more television than any previous generation;
- As we become a more electronic society, with more and more people working at sedentary desk jobs or sitting in front of computer terminals; children playing video games.
- As more and more cars are crowding our roads, resulting in accidents and injuries;
- And as we drive in cars with poorly designed seats.
If you would like to have your posture evaluated or if you are suffering from any foot or ankle pain please make an appointment at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Center located in Howell, NJ for a complete examination.