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The Dangers of Not Correcting Bad Posture

Our lives are busy enough already, but it feels like we have to worry about more and more. One thing you might not consider throughout the day is how lousy posture impacts your body.

If you aren’t careful, bad posture can lead to many detriments to your everyday life. With that in mind, here are the dangers of not correcting bad posture.

It Can Lead To Back Pain

A common side effect of bad posture is that it creates tension in both your lower and upper back. Most people slouch forward to focus on their work. This position adds extra pressure to your spine and reduces the capacity of your back muscles.

If you start to notice pain in your back, straighten it out while you sit and lower your shoulders. Pain in your lower back is a telltale sign that you aren’t sitting straight enough. Reach out to a chiropractor for back pain in Tulsa (or whichever city is closest to you) to prevent problems before they can occur.

Your Sleep Quality Will Decrease

If you find yourself tossing and turning at night, you might be suffering from poor posture during the day. The daily stress that poor posture puts on your muscles will create tension that disrupts your ability to fall asleep.

Also, if your pillow doesn’t align your neck with your spine, you might be practicing poor sleep posture. Improving your posture during the day will reduce tension throughout your body, leading to longer and better sleep.

Poor Posture Leads To Curvature of the Spine

In addition to poor sleep posture, sitting with bad posture can lead to a curvature in your spine. Your spine should normally form the shape of the letter ‘S’ with its three main curves.

However, slouching can put too much pressure on one side, which leads to curves over time. In addition, curving your spine deteriorates your body’s ability to absorb shocks. The adverse effects of the loss of this ability combined with the curving create a compounding effect that worsens over time, raising your risk of serious injury.

Bad Posture Disrupts Your Digestion

Sitting in a slouched position causes neck and back problems, but it can also cause issues with your digestive system. Slouching puts a strain on your internal organs. This extra pressure can lead to slower digestion and prevent your stomach’s ability to function correctly.

Overall, the dangers of not correcting bad posture are too great to ignore. Now that you know which effects to look out for, improve your posture for your own health!

Dr. Ryan Marshall, DC


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