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‘Your posture directly affects your health. Improved posture can lead to better well-being’
Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting or lying down.
When your posture is bad it can increase pressure on your spine, this can lead to tension soreness, headaches, back pain and fatigue.
Postural imbalance also compresses your internal organs, reducing their efficiency and normal functions.
Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of poor posture (2). It takes a lot of energy to hold the body in any awkward position, and, in turn, alters our breathing capacity which can be diminished by up to 30% (3)
Good posture is the correct alignment of body parts supported by the right amount of muscle tension against gravity (4)
A good postural position permits you to breathe better, and as a result reduces fatigue and minimises other side-effects associated with bad posture.
Proper posture keeps muscles, ligaments, bones and internal organs in their natural position. This reduces wear and tear of joints and relieves stress, improving health and enhancing your appearance.
Good posture can also increase self confidence with one study revealing that people adopting good posture not only display greater confidence but have stronger belief in their own abilities than those with poor posture (5)
Correcting bad posture does take discipline, but there is no doubt that the benefits are worth the effort.
Which Posture are You?
Take responsibility for your health today
Courtesy of Chiropractor's Association of Australia - www.whatsyourposture.com.au