Your bad posture is harming your health in unexpected ways. After sitting in front of your computer for several hours, it is natural to feel back pain. Usually, people work without realizing that they are holding an uncomfortable position with their torso slouching and their heads looking down. It is common among office workers but, increasingly, is observed among younger generations, too.
A bad posture, however, will cause you more than just chronic aching. Researchers are looking into the money possible consequences of bad posture on a person’s health. Everything from headache and incontinence to mental health could be a result of the way you sit in front of your computer every single day at work or at home.
How does your poor posture disrupt the normal processes of the different parts of your body?
Your parents were correct when they called out your bad posture at the dinner table. Sitting straight is not just polite, it also allows the digestive system to do its work efficiently.
When people slouch, it impedes the regular processes that happen in the gut. Some studies have provided strong evidence that, when the body is hunched over, the transit of food in the intestines is slowed down.
Your bad posture can also lead to a variety of symptoms.
When you slouch, there is pressure on the abdomen which can push stomach acid in the wrong direction. It could be the perpetrator behind acid reflux and heartburn.
There also might be a connection between the way you sit and bloating. Overarching, or when your torso is slumped from your lower back, can trap gas in your digestive system, leaving you bloated and gassy after a meal.
Some people have found relief from gut discomfort after seeing a chiropractor and having their backs adjusted. However, do not expect this simple step to make you lose weight. A good posture will help you burn more calories and speed up digestion. But, to shed pounds, you still need to eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly in addition to maintaining a good posture.
Young people do not expect to experience incontinence. It is a condition more common among older folks and pregnant women.
However, it could happen to young professionals who slouch all the time.
Incontinence is the inability to control one’s urine. It can be uncomfortable and embarrassing.
The condition can be mild. For example, when you laugh or sneeze, you release a little urine. However, it could also be severe which involves having a sudden and strong need to pee. Sometimes, a person who experiences a more serious case of incontinence urinates before they reach the toilet.
Incontinence happens due to age or other physical changes, but it can also be caused by bad posture. When a person slouches, they press on their abdomen which places pressure on the bladder. If the bladder has liquid, additional pressure releases it.
In addition, slouching will also weaken the pelvic floor muscles. It reduces a person’s ability to hold their pee. The same happens to women after childbirth. Delivery weakens their pelvic floor muscles and damages their bladder nerves, causing incontinence.
If you do not correct your bad posture, you might experience the discomfort that comes with incontinence.
Your bad posture is behind your bad mood.
There are plenty of possible ways slouching can impact your mental health. For one, slouching leads to pain and pain generally affects a person’s mood. However, posture also has effects that are less direct and more psychological.
One study examined the connection between posture and mental well-being. Researchers divided participants into two groups: one had to slump while the other had to be upright. Researchers then assessed the body pressure, stress levels, and overall mood from both groups.
The study found that the participants in the upright group reported feeling better emotionally overall. In addition, they also had increased self-esteem and were more likely to have positive thoughts.
These are not entirely new findings. The term “power stance” has been around for a while now and it suggests that, if you stand straight, you would feel more confident and ready to take on the world.
It is easier to slouch than to remind yourself to straighten your back when you sit or stand. As you grow older, slumping over your desk will be more comfortable, too. However, correcting your posture is good for your physical and mental health. Although it takes work, it is worth the effort.
Meta title:How Bad Posture Negatively Impacts Your Physical and Mental Health
meta desc: Slouching is very bad for your overall well-being. Aside from back pain, it can also lead to many unexpected consequences, including slow digestion, incontinence, and bad mood.