Anywhere you look at home, in the workplace or out and about there will be children and adults hunched over electronic devices. Few realise the damage this is doing to the spine.
Have you ever thought that your back pain can be the result of how you have been holding yourself all these years?
What effect is the lack of education on good posture having on society?
The healthcare focus on smoking and drinking but posture is ill-considered and yet every bit as debilitating if ignored.
Sadly, the idea of good posture has been seen as something for royalty but I am here to tell you that you are entitled to good posture, not only to look like a royal (if so you wish) but to live a dignified life where pain does not need to be a constant companion.
Apart from the casual ‘sit up straight’ when we were children there was no formal education on what good posture is, why do we need it and how do we do it. It is not about discipline but education. We need to stop instructions like ‘sit up straight’ because it means a lot of things and yet nothing at all, did it help you?
If there was one thing you could educate your children on that could potentially keep them away from back problems for the rest of their lives wouldn’t you do it? Well, good posture education is that thing.
Our posture is not only concerned with the physical body but the mind too. Posture has a major impact on anyone’s physical, mental and emotional health.
What are the consequences of poor posture then?
Well, in a nutshell, poor posture affects the spine and the internal organs too since the organs are indirectly (myofascial) attached to the spine. If the internal organs are constantly misaligned or collapsed/squashed then they cannot function as nature intended and so the whole body’s network is affected. This can lead to many ailments, conditions and even diseases. Just imagine when you take a crowded bus, you are squashed against others, how long does it take you to start feeling unwell?
When it comes to posture, the problem lies not with the casual slouching we do on the sofa over a movie. The problem is with the poor habits you create that you don’t even realise they are happening. What can you be doing on a daily basis that is contributing to pain in the future? The body takes a lot and adapts but a continuous and repetitive behaviour day after day, year after year will give you trouble sooner or later. Are you paying attention to your habits? How is your posture when you sit at the desk at home and at the office? How is your posture when you sit at the table to have your meals? How is your posture when you use the mobile phone and any other electronic device? How is your posture when you brush the teeth, do the dishes, tie your shoes? How is your posture when you stand and wait for the bus? In other words, how are you treating your spine as you go about life?
Ironically, there is the risk that technology is disconnecting you from the most important connection of all: the connection with yourself. I invite you to start using your electronic devices in an intelligent way, start by bringing awareness to your posture when you use them. We hear saying that technology and modern life if bad for us, well, only if you allow it to be so, who’s life and body is this?
Don’t let your smart outsmart you, be smarter. Don’t create your own pain!
I’m on a mission to raise awareness of good posture and spread the seeds of good postural habits. To bring posture education to schools and homes so that we give children the chance to grow up with the understanding and awareness of good posture and avoid suffering.
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