When people look at you they unconsciously notice your posture and judge you on it! Think about if you saw somebody sitting up straight but relaxed with a smile on their face compared to someone sat slouched with a scowl… Which one would you feel more positive towards? Which one would you think is happier and healthier?
A 2005 study in the journal Spine commented that ‘all measures of health showed poorer scores as forward head and body posture increased.’ Therefore your judgement is true! People with an increased forward posture are less well!
There is enough evidence to suggest that addressing your back posture will improve your health. Anecdotal evidence suggests there are links between bad posture and the following conditions*:
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Nasal Congestion
- High blood pressure
- Joint wear and tear
- Musculoskeletal pain for example low back, neck or shoulder pain
So address your posture now!
*posture will be a component of the problem, if you are suffering with any of these conditions seek medical advice as soon as possible.
Here are some checks you can do on yourself to assess whether you have good posture. Get someone to take a photo of you preferably with just underwear on. You will need a side, front and back photo. Stand with feet shoulder width apart, march on the spot for 5-10 steps to ensure your feet are in a natural position and stand as normally as you can. Check the pictures against the points in the above diagram. A qualified chiropractor will be able to accurately assess your posture for problems that may contribute to current or future problems and help give advice and treatment to improve things.