Posture affects all people. People in positions that require manual labor obviously need to keep this in mind, but people in sedentary jobs are possibly at greater risk. Not minding one’s posture can have a multitude of negative effects on their health.
While injuries can cause bad posture in individuals daily habits are often the cause of long-term negative effects. Lifting or working with the improper form for long duration can be damaging over time. Spending hours at a desk without getting up to walk around is the greatest cause for office workers.
Whether office employee or construction worker, it’s good to know exactly what’s going on in your body as you live and move. Use this article as a brief guide to how you can lower your risk of complications due to bad posture.
How bad posture affects your body
As the weight of your body is placed on parts of your spine where it shouldn’t be your body will attempt to adjust. This isn’t always possible. Too much pressure can cause herniated or bulging disks. If untreated, this is the true beginning of a negative cycle.
To mitigate the pain your body will try to compensate by putting weight elsewhere. This can lead to upper back, lower back or hip issues as the bones and muscles fall more out of alignment. This pressure on the lower back can even affect blow flow to the organs causing damage and disorders that could otherwise be avoided.
Most people are able to avoid major issues. Instead, what they deal with is muscle tightness and ligament tightness, discomfort or minor pain and possible loss of sleep due to the previously mentioned afflictions. Luckily, much of this can be mitigated.
Mitigating the issue
People that have desk type jobs are far more at risk than they know. The chance of having a posture related issue that can become a life threatening complication is staggering. However, that chance can be dramatically lowered by doing two easy things – taking 2-3 minutes to get up and take a walk every 45 minutes or so and exercising.
By taking a break to stand up and walk you’re allowing your body to return to its original posture, blood to flow back to your organs and your mind to get a break from work. Take a walk to the fountain, rehydrate, do a couple air squats are stretch and then you can get back to work.
The option for those tied to a desk is to exercise. If you’re adventurous (and have good AC) you can exercise instead of walking. This has all the benefits of the above but you’re burning some calories and endorphins are good for a variety of things.
For those looking to be more proactive there are more extreme alternatives. Sitting on a Swiss exercise ball to force abdominal and leg engagement to maintain posture. If you’re looking to forgo sitting all together standing desk are becoming popular.
Sometimes we can’t prevent issues. If you already have back issues there are things you can do to fix the issue. Visiting a chiropractor isn’t a bad start. If you have extra space at home you may want to look into inversion table benefits.
While they look intimidating, inversion tables are quite simple. They use gravity to reverse the negative effects of bad posture. By hanging yourself upside down momentarily your spine is aligned, the pressure is relieved and blood gets to work against gravity for a bit. If you’re interested in all the benefits, check the above link.