How does posture impact your health?
Most people think posture is simply cosmetic. Poor posture is not only unsightly, but has major health impacts. A healthy spine = good posture. Bad posture = an unhealthy spine. It’s literally impossible to have bad posture and a healthy spine.
A healthy spine is a system at rest. An unhealthy spine is a very inefficient system that has a high energy demand on the body. The most common form of poor posture is Forward Head Posture (FHP). FHP occurs from cumulative postural stress like sitting at your computer for 8 hours per day, looking down as you text your friends multiple times per day, driving your car and poor sleeping positions (stomach sleepers have the worst necks). The other stress that causes FHP is traumatic stress like auto accidents and sports injuries. These types of injuries are called acceleration/deceleration forces AKA ‘whiplash’.
Imagine holding a 12 pound bowling ball close to your chest. Now extend your arms away from your body and feel how much heavier the ball seems. There is a remarkable difference! As we develop FHP this is what happens. For every 1″ of FHP the effective weight of your head is increased by 10 pounds. The image below sums up this process highlights the negative effects of this: