Knee arthritis and plantar fasciitis are other common conditions that result from poor posture because of poor biomechanics. You’ve all heard the saying, “The shin bone is connected to the knee bone. The knee bone is connected to the hip bone.”
When our hips become tight because we get tightness in the front of our thigh, the knee can’t move adequately. So over time what happens is – these knee muscles get weak, and result in abnormal joint mechanics and knee arthritis.
The same thing goes for plantar fasciitis. When our hip muscles become tight and our spine becomes round, our ankle joints become stiff. The plantar fascia runs from the bottom of the foot and is connected through the calf.
When our calf muscles become tight, then it puts abnormal pull and strain onto the plantar fascia.
As you can see, your posture really does have an effect on your entire body and system, not just from an aesthetic standpoint, but also with pain, stiffness, and injuries.
3 Signs You Have Bad Posture…
1. Forward head- While working on your computer, or watching TV, you may often find your head protruding forward several inches over the vertebra in the neck. It is called forward head posture where your head tilts of the cervical spine. Why is it wrong posture? You might be surprised to know that for every inch your head tilts forward on the shoulder, the weight of your head increases by a minimum ten pounds.
It means that your head puts several times additional pressure on your cervical extensors and the neck for every inch you lean your head forward. As a result, your body is faced with multiple problems, like neck and shoulder stiffness and pain, migraine, jaw pain, cervical spine arthritis among others. The cause of forward head posture is excessive sitting and misalignment in the pelvis. It can also occur due to injuries or neck sprain.
2. Rounded Upper Back- If you have rounded upper back, you can’t sit with a straight back for more than a couple of minutes. Rounded shoulders are unnatural posture which is identified by an excess curvature of upper back along with a forward positioning of the head and curve shoulder. It occurs due to muscle imbalance – muscles of your chest are too tight and your back muscles and spine are too weak to support your shoulder.
The common causes of rounded shoulders are – working on computers, and looking down at smartphones or computer tablets for a prolonged period. Round back shoulders can have serious medical concerns, like the risk of osteoporosis, disk generation. Round shoulders decrease mobility in the shoulder and make muscles more susceptible to injury.
3. Arched Lower Back- Also referred to as hyperlordosis, or lordosis, the arched lower back is excessive inward curvature of the lower back. Our spine curves a little near neck, upper back, and lower back, jointly creating our spine’s S shape. This shape is crucial to absorb shock, support weight of our head, align head over the pelvis, stabilize and maintain its structure and maintain flexibility.
However, if your curve arches excess inward, it is called lordosis, lower arch back or swayback. It adversely affects your lower back and neck and leads excess pressure on the spine causing pain, stiffness, and discomfort.
What Causes Bad Posture?
We’ve seen people who round as they age. The problem is not that poor posture cannot be treated, but not many people know what to do about it. Poor posture usually stems from sitting for too long, not doing enough strength training, and gravity pulling your body down. Add to that, tight muscles and weak muscles also contribute to bad posture.
How Muscles Lead to Bad Posture?
• Tight muscles