I wish I had a dime for every time my Dad said to sit up straight at the table, or my Mom told me to keep my shoulders back. They wanted me to have good table manners and look confident, but perhaps they also knew what science has now taught us: good posture has many health benefits and poor posture can severely limit your mobility, particularly as you age..
Good posture keeps your bones and joints in good alignment and reduces wear and tear on joint surfaces. It also decreases the stress on ligaments. According to Livestrong.com, good posture improves the efficiency of oxygen flow to your nervous system, organs and other tissues. It can help prevent future health issues like spinal disk problems and constricted blood vessels and nerves. Muscle & Fitness magazine also points out that good posture improves digestion and reduces acid reflux because it enables organs to sit in their natural position without compression.
How is Your Posture?
Most people think little about their posture until they begin having chronic back or neck pain. A posture analysis can help identify your risk for problems like kyphosis (commonly known as roundback) that affect mobility. According to the University Spine Center, sufferers of Kyphosis often slouch and struggle with breathing problems, back pain and tenderness, and stiffness. The effects of which however, can be reduced with physical therapy and exercise.