Posture and Health
Posture and health are closely related, as posture affects every physiologic function from breathing to blood pressure. The unbalanced bio-mechanical stress of asymmetric posture not only molds muscles and ligaments, but over time the bones themselves actually bend and collapse.
A study height loss study conducted by the researchers at the University of London concluded that men who lost the most height had a much greater risk of dying as compared to those losing less. The physical restriction of the lungs and abdominal organs caused significantly greater risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and respiratory mortality.
Posture and motion don’t only affect how long you live, but also how well you live. People with strong posture recover faster from injuries, exercise more effectively, have less pain, have a more positive outlook on life, and even look more youthful.
Why your posture isn’t perfect
Did you ever notice that images in books or posters about “good posture” are practically always drawings and not photographs? Perfect Posture is an ideal. Pictures about how to “stand straight” or sit at your computer in an ergonomically correct position are fictional. People don’t really take time to optimize their posture environment.
No one has “perfect posture”
Your posture is the practical end result of how you balance your body. Real people don’t have “perfect posture” because posture is the result of how imperfect bodies adapt to old injuries and living in the real world.
However, there are better (or stronger) and worse (or weaker) postures. Poorly balanced posture requires more energy to stay upright, causing some areas to carry more stress and wear out more quickly than nature intended.
The Good News…
Weak posture can be strengthened. Improving posture and health involves more than just telling someone to stand straight and keep their shoulders back. Improving posture means strengthening how the body balances, and how it moves.