How many of us really care about our body posture? Here posture includes your body position during activities like standing, sitting on a chair, lifting a weight and also your other daily activities. Not many of us really care about our body posture while performing a task or even when the body is simply at rest. Basically, the human body was designed to move and not sit for hours on a chair and stare at the laptop. An average man or woman is not aware of how everyday habits can influence their health which plays a vital role in improving or impairing the quality of life.
Taking care of Ergonomics in daily life is of utmost importance in our daily life. Ergonomics is a science which deals with designing and arranging things people use in their daily activities to ensure that they use it easily and safely. Ergonomics is considered to be very important in every field of work but we tend to choose unhealthy but comfortable things, activities or behaviors.
Many individuals have bad posture which is usually caused by subconsciously staying in a bad position as it was comfortable at that moment. What is not taken into consideration is its later hazards. Even these obvious health-deteriorating habits are perpetuated until their negative impact can be felt. In most cases, pain becomes a signal which induces a response: searching for its causes and, often, but not always, attempts to modify inappropriate behaviors. Pain is a kind of unpleasant sensation which if left untreated can deteriorate the quality of one’s life.
Postural habits can be good or bad and the latter can result in change of muscle tone distribution, impair symmetry of body alignment and can lead to the establishment of poor posture patterns. Habitual posture patterns are related to the predominant type of daily activity which not only means your habits during work or office but also all the activities performed during a day. These constant repeated patterns of body alignment cause muscle imbalance. Due to the monotonous and constant posture positions, our muscles tend to fix them and thus creating specific posture patterns which can also result in pain with different intensities and location.
Tonic muscles are the group of muscles which plays a very dominant role in maintaining different positions of our body and they are the ones responsible for the quality of posture and hence more prone to injuries than the phasic muscles. The assumption and maintenance of non-ergonomic positions during daily activities and work accelerates the onset of these symptoms or it can also increase the intensity of already established ones which result in impaired body posture.
These bad posture affects us in many ways and they not only reduce or rather hamper our quality of life but also lowers our productivity
Some Common Effects of Bad posture
- Stress and Depression: When our body is slouched and constricted, it can lead to a feeling of depression and lower energy levels which can cause undue stress on the muscles and internal organs. Research has proved that when the body is in a constant position for hours, it leads to a slowdown in the internal body process. This can also put some amount of pressure on the heart, making it to pump more blood and circulate oxygen
- Digestive Problems: Constant sitting in front of our computers for long hours constricts our intestines which makes the process of digestion complicated and thus resulting into a weaker digestive system
- Poor Breathing: Poor posture can restrict blood and oxygen flow which makes it difficult for individuals to breathe and even talk
- Pain in Neck, Back & Shoulder: These are the most common effects of bad posture. Poor posture can also cause a misalignment in the spine which eventually leads to more pain in these areas.
Few ways to improve it-
- Don’t be seated constantly for hours, rather get up in every 30 mins and stretch, which will allow your organs to get the oxygen it needs.
- If your work requires you to be seated for hours, then rather opt for ergonomic chairs and other stationeries.
- Regular exercises can help you improve your posture and strengthen your core which helps the body to remain in an upright position.
Author credits – Venkatesh Udayar