To maintain efficiency and function in the movement of our body, our nervous system tries to keep our pelvis, trunk and cranium in the optimal position.
Apart from helping us to achieve optimal movement, great posture has a number of other benefits.
1. Back Pain Relief
Good posture and mobility can change the functional characteristics of your spine and reduce strain and nerve interference that leads to back pain.
2. Improved Breathing
Poor posture can labor your respiratory muscles and affect your body’s ability to take deep breaths. Good posture in your thoracic and cervical spine greatly increases your chest expansion and your ability to take in oxygen.
3. A positive state of mind
Your posture has a direct link to your physiology and the effect it can have on your state of mind. When you’re feeling down, your shoulders automatically slouch, whilst when you’re feeling happy, your posture tends to be upright and open. Good posture can have a positive influence to achieving a better state of mind.
4. Better digestion
Good posture reduces compression on your stomach, intestines, and liver to allow for optimal digestive function. Poor posture can add stress to the normal activity of your gastrointestinal system increasing the likelihood of digestive problems including heart burn and constipation.
5. Reduced headaches
A forward head and shoulder posture can create unnecessary load to your neck muscles that can contributes to headaches. For every inch our head and neck tilt forward, there is an exponential increase the weight of our head. As well as contributing to head and neck pain this can also accelerate the onset of degenerative changes to your spine.