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, 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. 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 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 impacts 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 which often leads to pain, tingling, numbness and muscle weakness. Other causes of spinal stenosis are – herniated disks, thickened ligaments, overgrowth of bones, tumors, etc.
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Plantar fasciitis is a medical condition where the patient feels a sharp pain at the bottom of the heal. Plantar fascia is a ligament that joins heel to the front foot. It supports the arch of the foot and helps us walk. Usually, these ligaments act as a shock absorber. However, when they get damaged due to excess wear and tear, the plantar fascia becomes inflamed which causes pain and stiffness. Older age, some types of exercises, obesity, poor footwear are some common factors that trigger this problem.
Multiple reasons may cause headaches. But one of the lesser-known, you might even find surprising, is poor posture. Yes, poor posture can cause you tension headaches. So, what is the connection between poor posture and headaches? Poor posture causes shoulder, neck and scalp muscle become tense. It pinches the nerves that lead to headache. When you keep hunching over your phone or laptop unnaturally, it puts extra strain on your face and head muscles which is also one of the reasons for headaches. It is all the more likely to happen if you deal with injuries in the past that affected your spine, shoulder or neck muscles.
Now you must be aware how poor posture takes a toll on your health. If you wish to stay healthy, say goodbye to poor postures and embrace right ones.
About Author: Dr. Scott Gray
Dr. Scott Gray is an internationally recognized and expert physical therapist specializing in sport, athletic, and back and neck injuries. He is the inventor of a revolutionary form of treatment called the GRAY METHOD. This type of treatment unlike others, addresses the CAUSE rather than just your SYMPTOMS with a full body approach. For more information on how to ease or overcome your injury, go to www.backinmotionsspt.com.