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Slouching – Does It Really Matter?

It’s easy to understand how slouching can contribute to neck pain and headaches, but what are some other negative health ramifications of bad posture?

BREATHING:  Slouching can also reduce the space occupied by the lungs, hindering the ability to take in a deep breath and/or force air out of the lungs.  This is the reason why good conductors have their musicians sit up straight with both feet on the floor (it’s not just to “look good”)!

DIGESTION:  Prolonged sitting is bad enough all by itself, but adding a slouched, slumped posture can distort or compromise the space that houses internal organs and negatively affect MANY vital functions, including digestion.  This can lead to complaints including (but not limited to) discomfort, constipation, and heart burn.

MOOD:  Did you know that sitting for seven or more hours per day increases the risk of depression by 47% compared with sitting for four hours a day or less?  Our energy levels also decrease with prolonged poor posture, further complicating this negative side effect.

WORK PERFORMANCE:  Researchers have observed that sitting up straight increases alertness, reduces fatigue, and improves productivity.  Moreover, co-workers may conclude that someone slumped over their desk is unmotivated, disinterested, or at the least, tired.  Sit/stand workstations are gaining popularity, especially with the availability of low-cost options to transform a traditional desk into a standing desk.  Studies show improved work performance when we have the option to change positions as needed during the day.  Exercises you can perform at your desk, such as chin retractions, help strengthen the deep neck flexor muscles, which can help reduce poor neck posture.  Stretching the chest muscles and keeping the “core” fit with pelvic stabilization exercises are also GREAT methods to improve our sitting posture!

VARICOSE VEINS:  Prolonged sitting raises the risk for the formation of spider veins, especially in women, which can lead to varicose veins.  Compression from sitting alters the flow of blood into the legs, and a proper fitting chair and sitting “correctly” can reduce the risk of developing circulatory dysfunction leading to varicosities or worse, blood clots.

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