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Signs and Effects of Poor Posture

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
By Anne Kramer

        Part 2 in a 2 Part Series on Posture. See Part 1: The Benefits of Good Posture.

Most people don’t realize the gravity of posture, especially bad posture.

Bad Posture Is Just the Beginning

Bad posture creates a slippery slope towards worse posture. If your upper body posture is incorrectly aligned, your lower body will be thrown off as well. It affects your breathing, inhibits bodily functions, and causes GERD (reflux) symptoms. Serious long-term effects of poor posture:

  • Low back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Neck pain
  • Frequent headaches
  • TMJ dysfunction
  • Bone spurs
  • Intervertebral disc damage
  • Fibrotic scar tissue
  • High blood pressure

Why We Have Poor Posture

Feet act as our body’s foundation, and are partially responsible for posture. If the foundation is weak, the whole body is affected as it strains itself to accommodate for the change. The end result is lack of balance and poor posture.

Other probable causes for bad posture include overwork and strain, followed by muscle relaxation in improper positions. By using the correct ergonomic products, in conjunction with knowledge of and a consistent effort towards standing up straight, you can realign your spine and improve the manner in which your body functions.


Signs and symptoms of poor posture can include headache, neck/back pain, fatigue, acute shoulder pain and, and even breathing problems, along with the obvious slouching or skeletal misalignment.

Make the Change

We move most efficiently effectively when our bodies are in neutral positions. This is why doctors tell patients to retain good posture; it prevents muscle fatigue and prevents skeletal joints from remaining overly flexed or extended, causing pain.

Over time bad posture will result in postural dysfunction, and the only method of regaining a healthy posture is with time-consuming exercises. Prevent your own future pain by learning how to stand and sit correctly.

Learn What Correct Posture Is in the Workplace:

Writing Posture
Sitting Posture
Standing Posture
Sleeping Posture

You can also sign up for an On-site Ergonomic Evaluation for your workplace to learn, in person, how to improve your posture.

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