Effects of Poor Posture

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Having a poor posture can lead to be prone to injure the spine; have neck, shoulder and back pain; imbalance and increased risk of falling, problems with digestion and difficulty for breathing.

Diana Solares, Physical Therapist with West Kendall Baptist Hospital, explains poor posture can make the spine more fragile, because it is not functioning the way it should be and it puts you at an increased risk for injury. She says other effects are that your glute muscles and butt muscles tend to weaken from compressing them all day by sitting.

Transcript
If something’s off in our back we’re gonna feel off balance and things are not gonna actually go well in terms of our flexibility and mobility, so explain that. > Okay. So the poor posture as we see here it can lead to spine, it can make it more fragile as I said because it’s not functioning the way it should be and it puts you obviously at an increased risk for injury, but it’s not just a low back definitely I see a lot of patients come in with neck pain shoulder pain also related to the poor posture and sitting for prolonged periods of time as I mentioned the thoracic spine and the hips they usually end with poor flexibility and mobility because of the fact that they’re not moving, and this also can lead to an imbalance in poor balance and increased risk of falling basically the reason why you get that is because your muscles especially your glute muscles, your butt muscles, they tend the weaken from compressing them all day by sitting, this can also lead to digestive issues, and difficulty breathing because a lot of the muscles of the core are all necessary to be active. So that those systems in the body can work properly. > iI’s, it’s incredible how much it’s all tied to just a bad posture. > Yeah and going back… The digestive issues and the breathing is not only because of the core but also because the way that the nerves start to compressed you start to affect the way that the body is trying to send and receive signals. > Wow that’s incredible. So there’s a difference though, there’s chronic low back pain and acute low back pain. Is it a difference? or is it kind … — Theres differents– > Yeah, yeah. Chronic is gonna be something that’s a long term and your acute gonna be like… it’s something, usually the acutes not a serious right. Cuz it’s something that happens and it kind of goes away that’s… if you get pain that’s the pain you want, right? You don’t want the pain that’s like I got hurt and I’m stuck here for six weeks, no you want if you do get hurt and you get a little twinge, and then you’re like — piece you back together — yeah I see Diana for a couple of weeks and then i’m good — right — versus I got hurt and I got to see Diana for months.
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