How bad posture is affecting you for life
Date:16 November, 2016
Spokesperson: Dr. Preety Aggarwal, Medical Director, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cloudnine Group of Hospitals, Gurgaon
We live in a corporate era and sadly, it is not friends with a healthy body. We spend our days hunched up in front of some sort of screen: TV, computer, laptop, mobiles, notepads, and what not. The result is a hunched back. And a hunched spine.
Following is the low-down of our conversation with Dr. Preety Aggarwal, Medical Director, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cloudnine Group of Hospitals, Gurgaon about how bad posture is impacting our lives and how our sedentary lifestyle is worsening the situation.
How is incorrect posture impacting people?
Maintaining good posture is imperative to good bone health. Posture is the alignment of the spine with its adjoining structures. Incorrect posture, like slouching or sitting with your shoulders hunched, creates misalignment along the spinal column and disrupts the components of the musculoskeletal system. This can cause back and neck pains, headaches, osteoporosis, and impact blood flow which can affect concentration, memory, and cognitive ability.
Is bad posture particularly affecting desk job people more?
Bad posture can impact persons of all ages. Many working individuals with primarily desk jobs complain of chronic back pain because they sit with an incorrect posture for several hours every day which can strain the backbone. As per a 2015 study in the IOSR Journal of Nursing and Health Science, students carrying school bags exceeding 10 to 15 percent of their own body weight can develop a poor posture and are at risk of back-related disorders. Maintaining a good posture is also extremely essential during pregnancy for both the mother and the baby. It can reduce lower back and pelvic pain and make room for the baby to grow.
How does sedentary lifestyle impact bone health?
As per the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, children who remain static and watch TV for long build less bone density during their critical development years and are more susceptible to osteoporosis and bone breakage later in life. Sitting for long periods also increases the risk of stiffness in joints and muscles, muscle degeneration and herniated lumbar disk, also known as a slipped disc in the lower back.
Can bad posture lead to Osteoarthritis? What are the other risk factors?
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis worldwide and can cause joint pains, stiffness and loss of flexibility. There are several risk factors for osteoarthritis including old age, gender (women are more prone to osteoarthritis than men), obesity, bone injuries and genetics. Poor posture increases the risk of osteoarthritis or can worsen existing osteoarthritis, however, there is not enough data available on the incidence and prevalence of the disease.
Original Source: Timesofindia.com