It’s bad enough that we don’t do the kind of physical labor our ancestors did. But we tend to make it worse by topping our sedentary lifestyle with bad posture. Consistently maintaining poor posture causes a lot of trouble when we are on the wrong side of 30 and negatively affects our lifestyle. Once the damage is done, specific exercises, posture correction and certain restrictions in sports have to be made as a lifestyle change. That is a place you don’t want to be in.
Correct these bad postures that are ruining your health before you are affected.
The hunchback is the most noticeable bad posture used by people. This is the posture when your back is not straight, but turned over towards the front of your body. It is commonly seen in people while sitting, standing, walking or running. It usually forms as a habit from your childhood because of laziness and stays on unless someone constantly corrects you to sit up straight.
Hunchbacks can cause pressure to build up on the spine, causing varying degrees of pain. The pain can be so bad that you may be unable to sit or stand for more than a few seconds.
2. Pelvic tilt
A pelvic tilt occurs when your pelvis does not rest in the right position on your femur (thigh bone). Extended hours of sitting without any breaks to get up and walk can cause a pelvic tilt. Depending on your posture, you could have an anterior or posterior pelvic tilt. An anterior pelvic tilt happens when the front of the pelvis drops and the back rises. This causes your stomach to protrude even if you don’t have any belly fat. A posterior pelvic tilt happens when the front of the pelvis rises and the back drops. This causes your entire body to tilt forward, giving you a slightly hunchbacked appearance.
Pelvic tilts cause pain in the lower back. They also give you an unsightly appearance.
3. Reversed neck
When using your computer, check yourself whenever you seem to be leaning your neck forward. A normal neck should be slightly curved with the protruding part of the curve on the front of your body. However, extended hours or staring at a computer screen at the wrong height can cause your neck to start leaning forward. This leads to varying degrees of neck tilt, the worst being the reversed neck, in which case the curve turns the other way.
The reversed neck causes a lot of pain and leads to limitations in neck movement. In severe cases, the vertebrae put pressure in the spinal chord, causing weakness in the arms or legs, loss of grip strength or a difficulty in walking. Some cases have also led to loss of bladder control and / or paralysis.
4. Non right angled elbow
Whether you are a computer user or someone who studies for long periods of time, ensure that your elbows are always at a 90-degree angle when placed on a desk. If this angle is either lesser or more, it leads to pressure on your elbow joint.
A consistently maintained non right angled elbow causes pain in and around the elbow, as well as the shoulders.
5. Bent wrists
A lot of people angle their wrists either up, down or sideways while typing on a keyboard. This is especially true for laptop users who really don’t have it easy. If you keep your elbows and wrists straight, you need to turn your neck down to see the screen. If you change the height of your chair so that your neck is straight, you end up angling your elbows and wrists wrong. It’s a no-win situation. That’s why, for prolonged computer usage, always use a desktop. It is far more ergonomic.
Bent wrists lead to pain and can also cause carpal tunnel syndrome.