Let’s face it. There are very few people that have perfect posture. Even as you are reading this, you are probably slouching with your head jutting forward. There is no doubt that poor posture affects our health in a negative way.
According to the American Journal of Pain Management, “Posture affects and moderates every physiologic function from breathing to hormonal production. Spinal pain, headaches, mood, blood pressure, pulse, and lung capacity are among the functions most easily influenced by posture.” One of the most common postural problems is termed Forward Head Posture (FHP). The repetitive use of cell phones, computers, TV, video games, backpacks, and trauma have all forced the body to adapt to this forward flexed posture. In other words, the body will adapt to a repetitive posture. Low back pain can be caused by forward head posture also. When the head sticks out too far, the low back has to over compensate, leading to painful, tight, and spastic low back muscles. Over time, this compensation can cause premature degeneration of the spine.
- “The more mechanically distorted a person is, the less energy is available for healing, metabolism, and thought.”
-Roger Sperry, Ph.D (Noble Prize in Physiology 1981)
- “Posture, normal physiology, and function are interrelated. Abnormal posture is evident in patients with chronic pain-related conditions including backache, headache, and stress related illnesses.”
- American Journal of Pain Management, 1994 4:36-39
- “Forward head posture leads to long term muscle strain, disc herniations, arthritis, and pinched nerves.”
-Mayo Clinic, November 3, 2000