About Posture

Poor posture can negatively impact
anyone, young or old.

Poor posture is caused by:

  • Long periods of inactivity
  • Extended hours in front of televisions and computers
  • Being hunched over desks and electronic devices
  • Jobs that require repetitive, physically taxing activities (including a lot of bending forward and lifting)

Benefits of stronger posture and improved spinal health include:

  • Helps prevent back/neck ache and muscular pain1
  • Helps decrease wear on joints that could otherwise result in arthritis
  • Decreases stress on ligaments that hold the joints of the spine together
  • Keeps bones and joints in alignment so muscles can be used more efficiently
  • A more positive self-image and greater sense of self-confidence2
  • An increased resilience to psychological stress3
Sources:
[1]University of California. (2015, August 31). Good posture for a healthy back. Retrieved from University of California: http://www.ucop.edu/risk-services/loss-prevention-control/healthy-back/good-posture-for-a-healthy-back.html
[2]Briñol, P., Petty, R. E., & Wagner, B. (2009, October). Body posture effects on self-evaluation: A self-validation approach. European Journal of Social Psychology, pp. 1053-1064.
[3] Nair, S., Sagar, M., Sollers III, J., Consedine, N., & Broadbent, E. (2015, June). Do slumped and upright postures affect stress responses? A randomized trial. Health Psychology, pp. 632-641.