Now we all know that posture is important but not many people know why. We’ve all heard ‘sit up straight’ from our parents and teachers but never really been told why and I hope to shed a bit of light on that.
This is an image taken from the Chiropractic Biophysics website demonstrating altered upper back and neck posture where the green is the ideal. Scientific research has demonstrated that the older you are the more likely your upper back posture is going to be bad. The poor upper back posture has then been associated with:
- Longer pain duration
- Severity of pain and how much it is affecting your daily life.
If you present with your head coming forwards and headaches it is more likely that you have weakened muscles in your neck compared to those with a normal head posture and no headaches.
Of people presenting to a chiropractic clinic with headaches it was more likely that they would have an altered upper back posture compared to those not presenting to a chiropractic clinic.
The further your head comes forward the less movement you have in your neck.
Rounding in the upper back and shoulders increases the chance of having neck pain and low back pain.
Rounding in the upper back and shoulders is move prevalent in men and as you get older it is more likely that these people will have more physical functional difficulties.
Things that are causing these postural difficulties are things like technology. Altered postures at a computer are very common and now these days one of the big problems is mobile phones and tablets.
Click here for the United Chiropractic Associations press release: ‘Warning that bad posture caused by mobile device use could shorten your life’.
Posture in children is also becoming more of a concern especially with kids carrying massive backpacks to school. Please click here for more information.
For some advice on practical posture exercises, please visit Straighten Up UK
For one week in May the United Chiropractic Association are holding spinal awareness week and this years subject is posture. For more information click here