Need To Find out What Can Cause Bad Posture?
Many people across the world are affected by poor posture but are not sure about the circumstances that cause bad posture. Not only can poor posture affect an individual’s physical appearance, it can contribute to how a person feels about him or herself as well as to lead to the manifestation of several different kinds of ailments. It can also contribute to pain in various areas such as the lumbar spine, cervical spine and cephalgia, inter-vetebral disc as well. And, in some cases it may even lead to breathing problems. In this post, we’re going to take a look at 12 things that cause bad posture.
1) Soft Tissue Pain
Each and every time someone experiences a soft tissue injury, this subsequently leads to the manifestation of an antalgic posture. This usually occurs as a result of a programmed habit. Meaning that, an individual may experience antalgic posture when they hold themselves differently or walk differently due to the fact that they want to avoid the pain that’s associated with their soft tissue injury. An example would be someone overcompensating for a sprained ankle by putting more weight on the other foot, resulting in an off-balanced gait.
2)Low Self Esteem
As mentioned before, an individual can develop a poor posture as a result of a programmed habit. Individuals who suffer from low self esteem in particular, tend to keep their head down as well as to lean their shoulders forward. However, this bad posture can lead to a loss of a cervical lordosis curvature. This in itself can also lead to a chronic bad posture. Meaning that, the individual may continue to hold their head down as well as to lean their shoulders forward, even if they develop a high esteem and regain their confidence.
While it may not seem like it at first glance, obesity is one of the leading contributing factors of bad posture. Carrying around extra weight, particularly around the abdominal area, can cause the lower back to pull forward as a result of the weight of the stomach. As a matter of fact, bad posture that is caused by obesity, has a scientific term that goes by the name of pendulous abdominis.
4) Muscle Imbalance
The every day activities that we conduct in our daily lives can lead to the development of larger and stronger muscles predominantly on one portion of the body, which itself can also cause bad posture. For example, if an individual carries a heavy bag on one portion of their body, most of the times when they do, their upper trapezium can become more developed predominantly on one portion of their body. Typically this muscle imbalance can also lead to the subluxation in the cervical spine which can cause pain to radiate from the spine to the left upper extremity.
5) Nutrient Deficiency
Just like every muscle and organ in your body, your bones -specifically your spine- needs an adequate amount of nutrients in order for it to grow and remain straight. A nutrient deficiency in certain vitamins as well as calcium can have a profound impact on the muscles as well as the bone. If the spine is not receiving an adequate amount of nutrients, it could result in a failure to provide an adequate amount of flexibility and strength to hold the body correctly.
6) Programmed Habit
Sometimes an individual develops poor posture, simply because of a programmed habit. For example, people who slump their shoulders can cause their posture to pull from its paper alignment. It’s also worth noting that people who are unaware of what good posture implies, tend to develop poor posture as a result of a programmed habit.
7) Slouching In a Chair
One of the leading contributing factors of poor posture is slouching while in a chair. The whole concept of sitting, slumped without any lower back support, tends to feel significantly more comfortable than if you were to sit upright because it essentially requires less effort from the body and muscles. As such, people who slouch in chairs, tend to adopt this position over time. While slouching in a chair may not cause any noticeable discomfort initially, eventually it can place a high level of strain on the muscles, as well as the soft tissues in the muscles. The end result of this, is that people who slouch in chairs tend to walk unevenly.
It’s a well known fact that people who work office jobs tend to develop hunched backs. This is due to the fact that individuals who work desk jobs, typically push their head and neck forward as well as to hunch their shoulders, throughout their work day. Over time, these factors can lead to an inability to keep the spine aligned and thus result in poor posture.
It’s worth noting that poor posture can be hereditary in the sense that it can be passed down to the upcoming generation. As such, individuals whose family tree has a history of bent backs for example, might have poor posture simply due to genetics. For individuals like these, no matter how much they try to hold their posture in the correct way, their genes may prevent them from being able to improve their posture without professional help.
Individuals who tend to stick out their lower back, or have a profound curve in their lower back tend to have what’s known as hyperlordosis which is an inward curve in the lower back. This can create what’s infamously known as the ‘Donald Duck’ posture. Many women who undergo pregnancy develop hyperlordosis as an end result.
Shoes and clothing can have a profound impact on an individual’s posture. Heavy set women who choose to walk on high heels in particular, are significantly more prone to developing posture related problems. Wearing certain things such as tight clothes, wide belts and oversized boots can also cause bad posture as well. As such, many doctors recommend that individuals only wear clothes and shoes that are comfortable, unlike high heeled shoes or wide belts that can change an individual’s center of gravity, which subsequently causes their posture to suffer.