Good posture is an important part of healthy living. Often overlooked, good posture ranks up with nutritious eating, getting enough exercise, and healthy sleeping habits as an integral part of looking and feeling your best. To feel less stressed, have more energy, and ward of fatigue, the proper body posture is a key component in physical fitness.
Good Posture, Defined
Good posture means that the bones in your body are properly aligned with your muscles, joints, and ligaments. This correct alignment allows your vital organs to assume the right positions within your body and can enhance optimum function of your body’s systems.
Poor posture can affect overall health and body systems like digestion, elimination, breathing, and more. When habitual, poor posture is responsible for a wide variety of health issues including fatigue, joint pain and stiffness, tight muscles resulting in aches and pains.
Caused by factors such as:
- Accidents and injuries
- Poor sleeping conditions (bad mattress)
- Poorly designed work environments
- Excessive weight gain
- Foot issues
- Imbalanced muscle development
- Careless sitting and standing
As a generation tied to a sedentary lifestyle at work, and oftentimes at home (watching television), prolonged periods of not moving can leave you susceptible to poor posture. Massage can help counter the negative effects of a lifestyle full of sitting by delivering attention to your musculoskeletal system. Talk to one of our experienced massage therapists about your posture and what you can do to help yourself today!