Have a look around yourself in the office.
What do you see?
Everyone either slouching on the chair or hunched over the phone.
We never sit up straight. Do you? Of course, not!
We live in the modern world where technology has devoured us, and we have become its slave. Whether you are traveling on a train or taking a bite in a café, you can find everyone around you slouched over their smartphones or hunched over any kind of gadget. Lack of exercise and physical activity has pushed us to a sedentary life, the aftermath of which is irreparable. All of us have fallen prey to poor postures, which is adversely affecting our physical as well as mental health. The scary truth is that poor postures are capable of pushing you to serious health ailments. Let us see what they are.
Do you often feel stiffness or shoulder pain (without injury)? If yes, it might be a symptom of shoulder impingement. It is a shoulder condition where rotator cuff tendons become damaged. The human shoulder is made of three bones – humerus of the arm bone, shoulder blade, and collarbone. These bones are connected with each other by a series of muscles and tendons called the rotator cuff. The top of the arm bone is secured with a lubricating sac, called bursa which allows the rotator cuff to move freely when you move your arm. Shoulder impingement is caused by shortening of the space between the rotator cuff and acromion which occurs due to poor posture in our daily life. The postures we have during reading, driving, working, or exercising impact the acromion space. Maintaining the right posture, changing postures frequently, improving shoulder motion including rolling it up and back, and letting them relax can greatly lead to shoulder muscle pain relief, and gradually get rid of this condition.
Spinal stenosis is caused by wear-and-tear of the spine which occurs by putting pressure on the nerves that run across the spine. Sitting for a long period, that too in a wrong posture wreaks havoc on your spine. Work environments have changed and sitting for prolonged periods has become part of a lifestyle that often leads to pain, tingling, numbness, and muscle weakness. Other causes of spinal stenosis are – herniated disks, thickened ligaments, overgrowth of bones, tumors, etc.