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ustralians are experiencing an
emerging health issue – our
sedentary lifestyle and its
effect on our health. Solutions
like standing desks and regular exercise
have been recommended, but a highly
important factor that has largely been
ignored is the positive benefit of good
posture while sitting.
Posture has been found to have an
effect on both the body’s physical function
and our mental and emotional states.
The effects of poor posture are well
documented, ranging from physical
symptoms, such as muscle pain,
restricted breathing and digestion,
through to the effect on our mental and
On average, office workers spend
around 80% of their day sitting. And
when you are sitting, there is a good
chance that you are slumping forward.
Consequently, office workers have far
greater incidences of lower back pain
than more active workers.
This is because, for every centimetre
that the head shifts forward, the pressure
on the muscles in the back and neck
doubles in an effort to hold the head up.
This can result in muscular aches, pains
and discomfort. Over a period of time,
this can also throw the skeletal structure
out of alignment, and the posture can
get stuck in a forward position that it is
unable to correct.
The skeleton is the scaffolding on
which all your muscles, ligaments, tendons,
organs and circulatory systems depend.
When posture becomes stuck in a
position the body can’t self correct, there
is the potential for the various automatic
body processes to be impacted.
A slumped over posture can put
pressure on the internal organs. A
compressed rib cage can restrict
breathing, oxygen flow and blood
circulation, and digestion can be affected
if the abdomen is restricted.
Not only does having your body in
a more upright position allow you to
breathe more fully and easily, but as
you get more oxygen into the blood, it
helps you to think more clearly. This
has a positive flow on effect for mood,
concentration and energy levels in general.
Dr Zahedi has noticed over the years
in practice, that as the head is brought
back into alignment with the body, his
clients’ energy levels also increase.
“Every day, in my practice, I see
clients who can’t believe the effects
posture has on their health. They feel
freer and better able to deal with the
stresses of everyday living: their outlook
is generally more positive, and their
immune system is stronger,” he says.
Scientific research backs this up. When
your body is in a slumped over posture
with the head in a forward position, this
puts greater pressure on the muscles of the
neck and back to hold it up. If your muscles
are tensed all the time, this negatively
impacts on both the surrounding tissues as
well as the nearby organs.
The result of this is that your
homeostasis (how your body maintains
Posture for Good Health
equilibrium, chemical balance and
temperature control) takes more energy
to maintain. Any place in your body
that is out of alignment and cannot self
correct takes up more energy as the body
strives to bring itself back into balance.
So what can we do to improve
If you do experience muscular pain,
help is available. The latest breakthrough
in chiropractic care – ‘Advanced
Biostructural Correction TM’ – works
by releasing bodily injuries, effectively
unwinding past muscular trauma,
enabling the body to move free from
pain, and re-establishing a natural
Once posture has been corrected,
it’s important to maintain an upright
posture for optimal health. So, here
are a few tips to maintain a good
healthy upright posture:
If your office chair seat is adjustable, tilt
your seat so it’s lower at the front and
higher at the back. If not, place a foam
wedge or folded towel at the back of
your seat. This lifts your bottom above
knee height and positions the spine in
a relaxed normal S-curve resulting in a
good upright posture. (See diagram).
Movement is important to take the
pressure off your lower back. Where
possible alternate between a desk,
standing desk, office couch or conference
table. Or take phone calls standing up
and suggest a walking meeting.
It’s also important to stretch and
strengthen your muscles. Build in regular
walking, running, cycling, swimming,
yoga or Pilates during the working week
to improve your general health.
Standing and walking
Standing and walking can take the
pressure off your body, but it is also
important to have good posture while
standing or walking. Dr Zahedi
recommends a shoe with a slight heel
to ensure the body is kept in an upright
Posture whilst sleeping
Even sleeping with a good posture has
health benefits for the body. A firm
mattress is ideal because it supports
your spine. With a firm mattress, your
spine will go back into a neutral position
enabling your spine to rest from the
‘ The skeleton is the scaffolding
on which all your muscles,
ligaments, tendons, organs and
circulatory systems depend.’
Sydney chiropractor, Dr Hooman Zahedi
discusses the overlooked importance of good
posture while sitting.
Dr Zahedi examines this issue in his new
book, Straight Forward - Why Posture affects
your health and how to fix it.
More info at www.completechirocare.com.au
(Dee Why) or www.abcaustralasia.com.au
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