May 24, 2016

10 things that affect your posture

1. Sitting has a negative affect on our posture as we are not designed to be sedentary, we are designed for movement.

2. Technology. When we use mobiles to text and talk we slouch forward as we do when we sit at a computer. When we talk on the phone most people tilt their heads.

3. Poor sleeping position. We spend a huge amount of time asleep, so when we sleep on our stomach we push the curve in our neck in the wrong direction.

4. Incorrect pillow height. Having a pillow that is too high will push your head forward like sitting at a computer would. If you pillow is too low it will not give enough support.

5. Having a decent mattress has a big impact on our posture as we need to be supported for the 8 hours plus per day we spend on it. Generally as firm as you can handle will give you the best support and replace your mattress every 10 years.

6. Asymmetrical or repetitive work, sport or leisure activities. For example someone who plays the flute will always hols the flute to one side.

7. Health and fitness for example flexibility, muscle strength and endurance has an impact on our posture.

8. Genetics. For example scoliosis.

9. Feeling depressed, anxious or tired can cause us to slump.

10. Injuries. For example having a sore knee can cause us to shift our weight to the other leg and create compensations throughout the body.

If you are concerned about your posture, book in for a consult with one of our qualified Chiropractors to see how we may be able to help.