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4. Bad Posture Can Cause Dental Problems

Because body systems are interconnected, a problem with
your posture can manifest itself in your jaw and
consequently cause dental problems.

Researchers in a 2013 study from the University of Genova
and University of Rome, Italy showed that, out of 605
schoolchildren, 13 percent had an abnormal posture and also
demonstrated dental problems like a deep bite or an open
bite.  

5.
Bad Posture Is a Recipe for Neck and Shoulder Pain

Posture is a significant risk factor for neck and shoulder
pain, according to a 2009 study from the Curtin University of
Technology, Perth, Australia.

Researchers looked at 1,593 adolescents with and without
neck and shoulder pain and analyzed their postures and
sitting positions. A bad posture with a bent neck and
hunched shoulders was significantly linked to pain in the
neck and shoulders.  

6.
Sleeping with Bad Posture Decreases Sleep Quality


























Posture isn’t only important when you’re standing up. A
2011 study by Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Heverlee,
Belgium looked at the design of mattresses and beds to find
out how posture affects sleep quality.


No surprise here.  Researchers found that a sagging sleep
system – a mattress and bedding that didn’t provide lumber
support – negatively affects the quality of your sleep.

7.
Posture Helps in Decision Making

The way you stand plays an important part in your decision-
making process.

A 2011 study by Erasmus University in the Netherlands for
the Association for Psychological Science showed changing
the tilt of the body changed the way people estimated
quantities like numbers and sizes.

Leaning to one side or the other caused people to estimate
higher or lower numbers because we tend to link smaller
numbers to the left of the brain and larger numbers to the
right. Good, balanced posture could – theoretically – help
you make better estimates and decisions.  

Or, look at it another way: the next time you want to sell
somebody something, find a way to make them lean to the
right. You'll get a better price!

8.
Good Posture Improves How You Think about Yourself

Sitting and standing straight makes you look more confident
but it can also give you more confidence in your own
thoughts and abilities, according to 2009 research from Ohio
State University.

Scientists found that people who were instructed to sit up
straight while writing were more likely to believe the
statements they wrote down in answer to whether they
were qualified for a job.

People who slumped were less likely to have faith in their
own statements.

A confident, upright posture gave participants more
confidence in their
own thoughts, whether they were
positive or negative.

Scientists have also found that your posture is linked to your
personality. In a 2012 study from San Diego
University for Integrative Studies, scientists discovered that
those of us who have ideal back alignment and posture tend
to be extroverts and have less body pain in general. On the
other hand, those with flat back or sway back postures tend
to be introverts and have much higher incidence of body
pain.

9.
Bad Posture is a Risk Factor for Your Future Mobility

Your posture can predict your risk of ending up in a nursing
home needing assistance with basic everyday tasks,
according to a 2013 study from Toho University, Otaku,
Tokyo. Researchers looked at 804 people aged 65 and older
to determine whether posture affected their risk for
becoming dependent.

Good spinal posture is important if you want to continue to
lead an independent life, according to the scientists, by being
able to bathe, feed, and dress yourself.

10.
Your Posture Affects How You Experience Pain

Poor posture can make you physically weaker – so says a
2011 study from the USC Marshall School of Business, and
the J.L. Rotman School of Management at the University of
Toronto.

Dominant postures decrease your sensitivity to pain.
Submissive postures increase the amount of pain you feel,
according to the researchers.

It seems that curling up into a ball at the prospect of pain
actually makes the experience more painful. And sitting and
standing with a straight-backed, expansive posture elevates
testosterone, decreases cortisol and lessens the stress and
pain uncomfortable situations.  So, expecting a bad day or
bad news? Square your shoulders, stand up straight and say
"bring it on!". It'll hurt less if you do.

















































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