What Is Posture?
Posture is the position we assume to support our bodies when we either sit, stand, or lay down. There are two types of posture, these includes:
- Dynamic posture is the position on how you carry your body when moving; e.g. walking and running
- Static posture is how you support your body while you are stationary; e.g. sitting, standing, and sleeping
When you have been doing well with your dynamic and static posture, that means you have good posture all in all.
What’s the Difference Between Good and Bad Posture?
Having good posture means your spine must be correctly aligned. There are three curves in your spine located in your neck, mid-back, and lower back. To maintain good posture these curves must be in position at all times.
Other parts of the body, such as the muscles and ligaments also play important roles in having good posture.
Postural muscles or the deep muscles in your pelvis, back, and abdomen prevents the forces of gravity from pushing the body forward, while the ligaments hold the skeleton together.
Having good functioning postural muscles means you can experience good posture effects.
Benefits of Good Posture
Good posture means putting less stress on your muscles, joints, and vertebrae when either moving or not in motion. There are good posture effects that might contribute to your overall health and your safety.
The benefits of good posture are as follows:
- Helps keeps the bones and joints aligned, so that the muscles can function properly.
- Lessens the tearing and wearing of joint surfaces that could lead to degenerative arthritis and joint pain.
- Decreases the stress in the ligaments connecting spinal joints together to lessen the risk of injuries.
- It allows the body to use less energy since the muscles functions efficiently, thus preventing muscle fatigue.
- Prevents the spine from being stuck in an abnormal position.
- Prevents conditions such as overuse disorders, back and muscle pain, as well as spinal dysfunction.
Disadvantages of Bad Posture
Bad posture happens when the spine is in an unnatural position. This causes the curves to become prominent – putting muscles, joints, and the spine to so much stress. Prolonged stress in these areas could cause muscle soreness and chronic pain.