Posture is the position in which you hold your body upright against gravity while standing, sitting or lying down. Good posture involves training your body to stand, walk, sit and lie in positions where the least strain is placed on supporting muscles and ligaments during movement or weight-bearing activities. However, poor posture usually develops from environmental factors, accidental falls or bad habits over a period of time.
Symptoms of Poor Posture:
- Bent knees when standing or walking
- Head that either leans forward or backward
- Back pain
- Body aches and pains
- Muscle fatigue
- Rounded shoulders
- General under performance in the child
- Behavioral problems
Most common poor posture related problems:
Tilted Pelvis Problem – Your pelvis acts as a lever and has a big impact on your posture and height. Sometimes overweight individuals will develop a problem known as ‘tilted pelvis’ whereby the weakened stomach muscles means the weight pulls the pelvis forward which induces a bad posture which reduces your height.
Knock-Knees and Bow-Legs – These are two quite common conditions that are the opposite of one another but have the same negative effect on posture and height. Sufferers generally walk with the majority of their weight either on the instep or out step, which can induce a poor posture and again reduces an individual’s height.
Rounded Shoulders – Rounded shoulders can occur when individual’s upper muscles are pulled forward and chest muscles become weak, pulling the shoulders forward and it looks like the individual is hunched over. Obviously somebody in this position will be losing height as they will be bent forward more than usual.
Joint and Foot Pain – Those people who suffer with a poor posture usually experience pain in their joints and in their feet too. This is due to the skeletal system becoming poorly aligned and the pressure is put on the areas of the body which are not designed to take it.
Chronic Disorders – Many individuals tend to develop chronic ailments as a result of poor posture over an extended period of time. The poor posture results in limited blood circulation which over the time can lead to serious problems with bodily functions and internal organs