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What are the effects of poor posture?

When working from home has become the new normal, many people find themselves sitting in front of their computers for long hours. This can lead to poor posture and a number of problems associated with it. Having a poor posture is not only aesthetically unpleasing but can also lead to a number of health problems.

Poor postures affect the way we live our lives and the way our bodies function. Fortunately, poor posture is something that can be corrected with a little bit of effort.

Some simple exercises and stretches can help improve your posture and alleviate the problems associated with it. It is also important to be mindful of your posture while you are sitting, standing, or doing any activity. Taking breaks often and maintaining good posture will help keep your body healthy and pain-free.

Some of the effects of poor posture include:

1. Neck pain:

Poor posture can cause the neck to bend forward, putting strain on the muscles and ligaments. This can lead to neck pain and stiffness.

2. Shoulder pain:

Poor posture can also cause the shoulders to round forward. This puts strain on the muscles and tendons, which can lead to inflammation and pain.

3. Back pain:

One of the most common problems associated with poor posture is back pain. When the spine is not in alignment, it puts strain on the muscles and ligaments, leading to pain and discomfort.

4. Headaches:

It can cause tension headaches due to the strain on the muscles and ligaments in the neck and shoulders.

5. Digestive problems:

Poor posture can compress the internal organs, such as the stomach, which can lead to digestive problems like acid reflux and heartburn.

6. Fatigue:

They make it difficult for the lungs to expand fully, which decreases the amount of oxygen that reaches the muscles. This can lead to fatigue and other problems.

7. Numbness and tingling:

Poor posture can even compress the nerves in the neck and shoulders, leading to numbness and tingling in the arms and hands.

8. Stress:

It can lead to stress and anxiety due to the constant tension in the muscles and ligaments. This can also worsen existing mental health conditions.

While poor posture is a common problem, it is one that you can Correct with a little bit of effort. Let us see how we can improve our posture and alleviate the problems associated with it.

Exercises for  improving posture

1. Chest stretch:

This exercise helps to stretch the chest muscles and improve posture.

a) Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, and your knees slightly bent.

b) Clasp your hands behind your back and straighten your arms.

c) Lift your chest up and hold this position for 10 seconds.

d) Repeat this exercise 10 times.

2. Shoulder shrugs:

This exercise helps to stretch the shoulders and neck muscles, which can alleviate pain and stiffness.

a) Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, and your knees slightly bent.

b) Raise your shoulders up to your ears and hold for 5 seconds.

c) Relax your shoulders and repeat this exercise 10 times.

3. Cat-cow stretch:

This is a simple yoga stretch that helps to lengthen the spine and improve posture.

a) Start on all fours with your hands and knees shoulder-width apart.

b) As you inhale, arch your back and look up towards the ceiling.

c) As you exhale, round your back and tuck your chin to your chest.

d) Repeat this stretch 10 times.

4. Cobra pose:

This is another yoga pose that helps to lengthen the spine and improve posture.

a) Lie on your stomach with your feet hip-width apart and your hands placed beside you.

b) Slowly press your palms into the ground and lift your head and chest off the ground.

c) Hold this position for 10 seconds and then lower back down.

d) Repeat this exercise 10 times.

5. Child’s pose:

This is a resting yoga pose that helps to lengthen the spine and relieve tension in the back and shoulders.

a) Start on all fours with your hands and knees shoulder-width apart.

b) As you exhale, sit back on your heels and stretch your arms out in front of you.

c) rest your forehead on the ground and hold this position for 10 seconds.

d) Repeat this exercise 10 times.

Stretches for improving posture

1. Neck stretch:

This stretch helps to alleviate pain and stiffness in the neck.

a) Sit up straight with your feet flat on the ground.

b) Slowly tilt your head to the right and hold for 10 seconds.

c) Repeat on the left side.

d) Repeat this exercise 10 times.

2. Seated forward bend:

This stretch helps to lengthen the spine and relieve tension in the back and shoulders.

a) Sit up straight with your legs extended out in front of you and your feet together.

b) Bend forward from the hips, keeping your back straight, and reach for your toes.

c) Hold this position for 10 seconds and then slowly sit back up.

d) Repeat this exercise 10 times.

3. Chest opener:

This stretch helps to open up the chest and improve posture.

a) Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms by your sides.

b) Clasp your hands behind your back and straighten your arms.

c) Lift your chest up and hold this position for 10 seconds.

d) Repeat this exercise 10 times.

4. Lower back stretch:

This stretch helps to relieve tension in the lower back and improve posture.

a) Lie on your back with both legs extended out in front of you.

b) Bend your right knee and place your right foot flat on the ground beside you.

c) Place your left hand on your right knee and gently pull it towards your chest.

d) Hold this position for 10 seconds and then repeat on the other side.

e) Repeat this exercise 10 times.

5. Hip flexor stretch:

This stretch helps to relieve tension in the hips and improve posture.

a) Kneel down on one knee with your other leg extended out in front of you.

b) Place your hands on your hips and slowly lean forward until you feel a stretch in the front of your hip.

c) Hold this position for 10 seconds and then repeat on the other side.

d) Repeat this exercise 10 times.

Posture is extremely important for our overall health, yet it is often something that we take for granted. By incorporating some simple stretches into our daily routine, we can help to improve our posture and alleviate pain in the back, neck, and shoulders.

Conclusion

By incorporating some simple stretches and exercises into our daily routine, we can help to improve our posture and alleviate pain in the back, neck, and shoulders. These stretches and exercises can be done in the morning, afternoon, or evening, and they only take a few minutes to complete. So make sure to add them to your daily routine and enjoy the benefits of improved posture!

Physiotherapist Arpan Hundal

Physiotherapist Arpan Hundal

Arpan has been practicing as a physiotherapist since 2010, starting her career in a trauma center in India where she worked with post-traumatic and post-operative cases. She moved to Canada and continued her independent practice, specializing in musculoskeletal, orthopaedic issues, sports injuries, and pelvic health physiotherapy. She has experience dealing with MVA and WSIB clients and has been working in the Mississauga community since 2015.

Physiotherapist Arpan Hundal

Physiotherapist Arpan Hundal

Arpan has been practicing as a physiotherapist since 2010, starting her career in a trauma center in India where she worked with post-traumatic and post-operative cases. She moved to Canada and continued her independent practice, specializing in musculoskeletal, orthopaedic issues, sports injuries, and pelvic health physiotherapy. She has experience dealing with MVA and WSIB clients and has been working in the Mississauga community since 2015.

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