The Importance of Maintaining Good Posture As You Age

As people age, they lose bone density or mass. As the bones lose calcium and other essential minerals, they become thinner and more fragile. The discs between the vertebra lose fluid and become thinner. 

The spinal column becomes compressed and curved, and in some cases, bone spurs form on the vertebrae. Hormonal changes can also lead to the loss of muscle and bone tissue. It can cause an individual to develop poor posture. 


Performing Tasks With Ease


Maintaining good posture will make it easy to perform daily activities. Poor posture, such as slumping, can cause muscles to contract over time. They become less flexible or pliable, making it difficult to perform simple tasks such as driving or carrying grocery bags. Performing simple activities or trying to exercise can become difficult or even painful. Maintaining good posture can help improve your quality of life.


Prevent Back and Neck Pain


Poor posture increases strain on the spine, which can damage muscles and vertebra discs. It can increase the risk of back and neck pain. It can also cause vertebral fractures due to low bone mineral density.

Text neck syndrome is an example of repetitive stress injury. It occurs due to poor posture while using digital devices. It affects the curve of the cervical spine and can lead to pain and fatigue. Improving your posture can help relieve the discomfort. 


Prevent Breathing Problems


Studies show that slouching or maintaining poor posture can affect breathing. As well, individuals who slouch have lower breathing force than those who sit upright. Those who stand or walk with the head jutting forward (forward head posture) have reduced breathing capacity. Maintaining good posture or improving your posture will help improve your breathing. It is crucial for overall good health and well-being. 


Avoid the Risk of Disability 


Poor posture can increase the risk of chronic disability. People who habitually slouch or slump in front of a computer for hours often develop posture problems. The spine becomes fragile over time, becoming more prone to injury. 

Older adults may develop spinal stenosis, where the narrowing of vertebrae spaces causes nerve compression. It causes them to lean forward to ease pressure on their nerves. Maintaining good posture can prevent spinal deformities. 


Good Posture Improves Mood


Studies indicate a link between posture and mood. People with depression tend to slump. Maintaining good posture can improve mood, making people feel less anxious or tired. Sitting upright may also help people be more communicative. 

Studies further found that individuals who walked with a slouch had decreased energy levels. It is a common trait of people who suffer from depression. Improving posture can improve mental well-being. Exercise can help prevent obesity and improve posture. The best exercises are those that strengthen the core muscles. It also helps to sit up straight when working at a desk. 

Sitting for long periods and maintaining poor posture can increase the risk of chronic diseases, metabolic syndrome, and premature mortality. Keeping your spine and back strong and healthy can improve your life. 

For more on the importance of maintaining good posture as you age, visit Campion Chiropractic Clinic at our College Station, Texas, office. Please call (979) 464-4400 to schedule an appointment today.

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