Would you say you have good posture? If we’re all honest with ourselves, most of us would say we don’t. We’ve gotten used to slouching, especially while working at computers. We know it’s not good for us, but just how much damage is it actually doing to our bodies? And more importantly, is it even possible to reverse the effects of bad posture?
Negative Effects of Bad Posture
- Soreness and pain. This is probably the one you experience the most often. Our muscles have to work harder when we slouch or fail to sit or stand up straight because we were made to have good posture. Poor posture can put a ton of stress on your spine, which can result in chronic pain. You may also experience tension headaches as well as difficulty breathing.
- Poor circulation. Bad posture isn’t just limited to slouching; sitting with your legs crossed is also bad posture, and can increase the pressure of fluids and gases flowing throughout your body, significantly affecting your circulation. This can have negative effects on your body as well, including poor circulation, back pain, and even spider veins. It’s your choice: do you want to sacrifice sitting “properly” or sacrifice your circulation?
- Negativity and stress. Have you ever wondered why many of those who regularly practice yoga seem to exhibit better moods and more positivity in life? This is largely because great posture encourages positivity and simply makes your body feel better. Conversely, poor posture often results in negative moods. If your muscles are stressed and working harder, you’ll often feel more stressed. Happy spine, happy life!
- Digestive issues. Believe it or not, bad posture can affect how your body digests food. Think about it: if you’re slouching over a desk all day, how can your organs function properly? This often bunches them up and decreases their functionality, which can lead to poor digestion, constipation, and even metabolic issues.
- Body image issues. Have you ever found a caveman attractive? NO! Besides the hair and animal-like features, they have terrible posture. Slouching or hunching your shoulders can give the illusion that you’re in worse shape than you are. If you work towards better posture, you’ll look and feel more confident in your own body.
Tips for Better Posture
- Think ergonomically. If you work a desk job, invest in an ergonomic chair, mouse, keyboard, etc., and ensure your computer monitor is at eye level to decrease the tendency to hunch over.
- Take a break and stretch. Walking around and stretching regularly can help ease tension on your spine and neck and help encourage healthy blood flow. If your job allows it, get up and stretch every 30 minutes. Consider different ways to accomplish this, such as taking walks while on phone calls or working at a standing desk. When you’re at home, stretch a little deeper, and try to pinpoint the areas where you’re experiencing the most tension and pain.
- Exercise. Exercising helps strengthen your muscles, which can help keep your back and spine long. Especially focus on a strong core to hold your back up straight with less effort and strain. Also consider practicing yoga to stretch out your back, spine, shoulders, and neck, and learn the benefits of good posture.
- Try cryotherapy. Studies show that cryotherapy can help flush your tissues of toxins and circulate your blood, often relieving pain and stress on the body, and encouraging better posture.
- Try PBM therapy. Photobiomodulation Therapy (PBM therapy) is the application of red and near-infrared light to tissue where there is degeneration or injury, to improve, repair, and reduce inflammation and pain. Users often see significant results and much less pain and stress on their bodies, especially after a long week of slouching at work. In fact, among the 7 FDA intended uses for NovoTHOR is temporary relief from minor muscle and joint aches, pain, and stiffness, as well as temporary relief of minor pain and stiffness associated with arthritis.
Recovery modalities like cryotherapy and PBM therapy aren’t just for athletes; they’re for the everyday people, the people who experience consistent or chronic pain, and the people who find themselves exhibiting poor posture. If you or your customers are struggling with maintaining good posture, whether at work, at home, in the gym, or anywhere else in life, it’s important to take these steps to full body recovery. Contact us if you have any questions or are ready to take the next step in recovery.