“Sit up! Stand straight!” Do you remember hearing this in your childhood? How much do you follow it as an adult? Most people have horrible posture. Sitting and standing with your back straight is much more important than you probably know. Here are three surprising ways that poor posture affects your life.
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Ladies, did you know that poor posture can contribute to pelvic floor dysfunction? Issues such as stress incontinence and other urinary issues, painful intercourse, and constipation can all be linked to poor posture. It is important that you have good posture, especially if you already experience some of these issues.
You might recognize that poor posture causes physical stress, but did you know that it can also cause mental stress? In fact, recent studies have found that people who have poor posture are generally more stressed mentally and emotionally than those who have good posture. Sitting up straight in your chair at work can actually make your day better.
A study by Arthritis Research UK found that people who have poor posture are more likely to develop arthritis. In fact, statistics show that arthritis can be directly linked to poor posture. If you already have an arthritis diagnosis, poor posture can increase joint stiffness and joint pain.
If you have poor posture, there is help for you. Often, poor posture stems from a misaligned spine, making sitting and standing up with the spine straight actually hurts. It can be more comfortable to slouch when your spine is out of alignment. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.