If you are reading this while sitting with poor posture, then your lungs will not be able to expand to their full capacity. That can result in various injuries, but the scariest part is that sitting with poor posture can begin to feel normal, which can lead to increased muscle tension. That increased muscle tensions can then lead to a person wanting to alleviate that pain by slouching again and soon the cycle become normal.
A major cause of poor posture when sitting is the use of a computer, as those who sit and work at a computer all day are at an extremely high risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders of the neck and shoulders. There are also several other health problems that may arise because of sitting with poor posture throughout the day.
Forward Head Posture
Now, this is exactly what it sounds like. Sitting so your head is in front of your shoulders. This is the leading cause of neck pain, and it leads to a number of problems. It can cause stress on the spine between the top of the neck and the base of the skull, or between the base of the neck and the shoulders.
Along with this, it can also cause decrease stability in the shoulder blades, and that can alter that mobility of the upper extremities. It can also lead to increased curvature in the lumbar spine, which can cause the hips to tilt forward and the stomach to protrude.
The bottom line is that sitting in this position can place pressure on the lower back and the hips.
Sitting with good posture, especially if you sit at a computer for several hours a day, is important. Your spine is not meant to handle of that extra weight, and it can cause problems in your spine. Some things you can do to ensure you sit with the best possible posture is to use an ergonomic soft chair, lumbar pillow, or perhaps even get a standing desk. They even have ones that can be lowered, so you can sit when you get too tired to stand and work.
Though, if you sit, which chances are you do sit at some point during the day, it is important that you take the time every 15 minutes or so to stand. Make sure you move around and do some light exercises.
Start doing these things today, and you will have a better chance of avoiding those neck problems tomorrow.
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