Good Posture and Ageing01/08/2011
Good Posture and Ageing
Making sure you have good posture as you age is extremely important. Poor posture can cause and contribute to many complaints that can be greatly reduced with the right care and attention to your body.
Limit Your Range of Motion
Muscles can be permanently shortened or stretched when a slumped over position becomes your normal position. Muscles and ligaments that have been shortened or stretched no longer function as they should.
Increase Discomfort and Pain
It can often cause headaches and pain in the shoulders, arms, hands and around the eyes resulting from a forward-head position. Rounded shoulders can trigger the headaches at the base of your skull where the shoulder muscles attach.
Create Pain in the Jaw
A forward head position can lead to jaw pain. This kind of pain known as TMJ (temporomandibular joint disease) was once considered only a dental problem. Today we know that TMJ pain also may be caused or aggravated by faulty posture.
Decrease Lung Capacity
Reducing the amount of oxygen in your body can decrease the space in your chest cavity, restricting efficient functioning of your lungs.
Cause Low Back Pain
Low back pain is one of the most common consequences of bad posture. For people over 35, low back pain is often interpreted as a sure sign of age, although it may have been developing since childhood.
Cause Nerve Interference
Your spine is the basis of your posture. If your posture is bad, your spine can be misaligned. Spinal misalignments cause interference in nerve function.
Affect Proper Bowel Function
If you have rounded shoulder, head forward posture, it may affect your bowels. If your spine arches and sways forward, your intestines may sag and cause constipation.
Make You Look Older Than You Are
When you are slumped or hunched over, you can add years to your appearance. For women, the more rounded the shoulders, the more breasts may sag. Any woman, no mater what her age, can help reduce the sag in her breasts by nearly 50% by simply standing tall.
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