DIET AND FITNESS:

Bad Posture --Top 10 Ways It
Harms Your Health
Related Links
Heavy Book Bags Cause Health Problems for Children

7 Odd But True Connections Between Your Height and Your Health

Bad Circulation -Causes and Top 10 Natural Remedies

Swollen Ankles-Causes and Cures

What Causes Cold Hands and Cold Feet?

Arteries-The Key to Your Overall Health

Foods That Lower Your Blood Pressure

Ideal Breakfast for High Blood Pressure

Blue Legs -Top 10 Causes and Cures

Raynaud's Syndrome -Causes and Top 10 Natural Remedies

Foods That Lower Cholesterol

Salmon Health Benefits

Fish Oil Benefits -Count the Ways

Magnesium--The Forgotten Essential Mineral

Ideal Diet to Reduce Fibroid Tumors
Ideal Diet for Endometriosis
Inflammation --The Secret Link to Disease
VLDL-The Other Cholesterol

Waist Size Matters
Bowel Movements Indicate Your Overall Health
Snoring Linked to Stroke
My Heart Attack-Personal Stories from Survivors
How Much Salt Is In My Food?
How Much Sugar Is In My Food?
Last updated July 15, 2016 (originally published July 28, 2013)

By Louise Carr, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist
[Health and fitness articles are reviewed by our panel of Registered
Nurses, Certified fitness trainers and other members of our Editorial
Board]




When your mom told you to sit up straight and don’t slouch,
she was onto something.

Back pain caused by posture  is estimated to affect more
than 70 percent of Americans, according to a 2010 report
from the University of Ottawa.  


But bad posture not only causes back pain. It can also affect
your teeth, heart, brain, and even your mood. We've
discovered that bad posture, in fact, can cause a surprisingly
wide range of health problems or make others worse.

What exactly is posture? Posture is the position you use to
carry your body when you are standing, walking, sitting or
lying down. Think of posture as the architecture of your
body --the frame of your building.

Good posture places the
least strain on your muscles and
ligaments, prevents backache and minimizes muscular pain.  
Good posture works just like good framing in a building. It is
sturdy enough to carry the weight of the building, yet
graceful and flexible enough to bend in the wind without
breaking.

To get a bit more superficial ---you also look a lot better
when your posture is properly aligned.

Besides helping your clothes to hang well, how does good
posture benefit your health? What problems does bad
posture cause?

Posture Links Your Entire Body




























Remember that old rhyme -- "the leg bone is connected to
the thigh bone, the  thigh bone is connected to the hip bone"
and so on and so on?  


Your posture doesn’t just affect how tall you stand and what
your spine looks like. It is increasingly acknowledged that a
problem in one area of the body can affect you in other
places due to the interconnection of various bodily systems.

The skeletal system and muscles are particularly influential as
they link the skull, jaw, spine, limbs and pelvis.

So, if you suffer tension in
your spine, pelvis or limbs that
causes bad posture, that tension --- and the pain it causes --
can travel to the rest of your body.

Consequently your body is thrown off balance, other body
parts react to compensate, and you experience problems
with your jaw, your feet, or your skull.

Back Pain --- Posture Enemy Number One

Of course, the most common and visible consequence of bad
posture is a bad back. Forty-five percent of Americans
between the ages of 35 and 55 suffer acute back pain each
year according to a 1995 report from the University of
Washington in Seattle,  and 2 to 7 percent of these sufferers
will go on to experience chronic back pain.

Back pain is a big problem. In fact, back pain has been found
to be the most expensive condition (not including cancer) in
industrialized countries. The Social Security Adminisitration
has identified back pain as the top cause of disability under
the age of 45 in the US. According to the Council for
Disability Awareness, " 3 in 10 new long term disability
claims in 2012 were caused by musculoskeletal system and
connective tissue disorders, which continue to be the leading
cause of new disability claims by a large margin."

Posture plays a major role in back pain, according to a 2012
study from the San Diego University for Integrative Studies
and McGill University, Montreal, Québec, Canada.

Good posture can radically reduce the risk of back pain and
correcting bad posture helps reduce the incidence of this
disabling condition.   

Back pain, however, is only one condition caused by bad
posture. Bad posture affects your entire health.

We have looked at the latest scientific research to show you
how slumping, slouching, bending and lazing can negatively
affect your health in surprising ways.


1.
Bad Posture Can Cause Depression

Bad posture may make you look tired and anxious but it
seems it could also cause you to feel depressed and low.

On the other hand, a good upright posture can alleviate
depression by increasing oxygen levels in the blood and
improving breathing, which relieves muscular tension in the
shoulders, according to 2000 research from Tokyo Medical
and Dental University, Japan.

This finding was confirmed in 2012, when a study from the
San Diego University for Integrative Studies and McGill
University, Montreal, Québec, Canada linked having a good,
upright posture to reduced incidence of depression.   

2.
Happy and Sad Thoughts Change Your Posture  

While a good mood can put a spring in your step and cause
you to walk tall, your personality type also plays a part in
your posture, according to a 2012 study from the San Diego
University for Integrative Studies and McGill University,
Montreal, Québec, Canada.

Researchers found a correlation between personality and
posture type, with less flexible and adaptable personalities
correlated with less flexible and relaxed postures.

What makes posture good? To have good posture, the study
suggests that you have to remain relaxed, with the muscles
minimally contracted.  

3.
Bad Posture is Linked to Stroke

A bent posture, commonly associated with the elderly, is
shown to be a risk factor for stroke by researchers at the
National Hospital Organization (NHO) in Tokyo, Japan.

In 2011, researchers there found that having a "bent"
posture heightens your risk for
stroke because the carotid
arteries in the head and neck are positioned abnormally
against the skull base.

In the study, researchers could predict stroke risk in 90.2
percent of the cases when they analyzed abnormalities in the
carotid artery, bent posture and height loss, which is an
indicator of bent posture and carotid abnormality.  

4.
A Bad Posture Can Cause Dental Problems

Continue reading  page 1  page 2




















































Related:
Simply Standing Up -Top 10 Health Benefits

7 Odd But True Connections Between Your Height and Your
Health

Drinking Water Lowers Your Risk of Stroke and Heart Attack

Swollen Ankles -Causes and Cures

How Much Is Too Much Salt?

Sugar-The Disease Connection
Are Diet Sodas Bad for Your Health?

Ideal Breakfast for Diabetics

Ideal Breakfast for Arthritis Healing Foods Links

Foods That Shrink Your Waist

Foods That Lower Cholesterol/ VLDL-The Other Cholesterol/
Foods That Reduce Blood Pressure/Vitamin B3 (Niacin)-A
Powerful Ally Against Cholesterol

Find What You Need  
on This Site


Snoring Linked to
Stroke

How to Stop Bad Breath

BRAIN HEALTH



DIETS AND FITNESS

HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH
SALT

HOW MUCH SALT IS IN MY
FOOD

SALT CONTENT OF COMMON
FOODS

150,000 DIE FROM EXCESS
SALT

I HAVE HIGH BLOOD
PRESSURE!

FOODS THAT LOWER YOUR
BLOOD PRESSURE

QUINOA-THE NEW
SUPERFOOD

INFLAMMATION INSIDE
THE BODY

FAT--IT'S ALIVE!

WHY WE GO SOFT IN THE
MIDDLE

WHY EUROPEANS ARE
THINNER

>VEGETARIAN RECIPES


MY HEART ATTACK

CANCER SURVIVORS


MONEY AND BUDGET

RESOURCES

AMERICAN HEART
ASSOCIATION

LINKS AND RESOURCES


Home  > Conditions  >
Circulation > Here
COLLECTIVE
WIZDOM.COM

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Healthy Life

About Us

Register

Privacy Policy

Editorial Policy

Meet Our Medical and Fitness Experts

Contact Us

Disclaimer : All information on www.collectivewizdom.com is for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. For
specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, please consult your doctor.  
(c) copyright collectivewizdom.com 2007 -201
6 and all prior years. All rights reserved

Collectivewizdom,LLC is located at 340 S Lemon Ave #2707 Walnut, CA 91789
Subscribe in a reader