Can Poor Posture Increase Stress?

Mar 6, 2023 | Posture

Poor posture doesn’t just cause pain and discomfort. It can also lead to increased stress throughout the body—eventually leading to a decline in overall health. (We’re not kidding!)

Now, this isn’t to scare you. Rather, it’s to help make you more aware of the importance of good posture. So, let’s take a closer look. How is poor posture linked to stress? What should you know?

The Posture-Stress Connection

Research shows that when comparing an upright posture versus a slumped posture that an upright posture produced a better mood, decreased negative emotions, decreased fear, and enhanced self-esteem. This means that bad posture might actually lead to negative mental health consequences, such as depression. But that’s not all.

With a slumped posture, you naturally interfere with a few of your body’s processes, including digestion and respiratory function. 

When you’re slumped forward, it compresses the digestive organs. In turn, this can cause food to pass slower and also leave you feeling backed up. Sedentary behaviour further deters proper digestion, causing issues.

A slumped posture also leads to a lower respiratory capacity. Simply put, your lungs cannot fill to their full volume since the body is caved forward. This can significantly reduce your energy levels, leaving you feeling tired and worn out. 

And all of the above can lead to increased stress throughout your body. Over the long term, this stress can negatively impact your body and your health. Research further indicates that chronic stress can lead to increased illness. So, how can you fix your posture and stay on track with your health?

Fixing Your Posture

A good posture involves sitting or standing tall with your shoulders relaxed and back. Your head should sit on top of your body without protruding forward. In other words, your gaze should be straight with your chin slightly tucked in. However, this is often easier said than done!

So, with that in mind, here are a few more tips:

  • Be conscious of text neck and posture when using your electronic devices.
  • Consider swapping your regular shoes for barefoot shoes.
  • Forego the heels!
  • Watch your sleeping posture and ensure you have a mattress and pillow that works for you and your body.
  • Move your body on a regular basis.

Regular chiropractic care can also offer a wonderful way to help you keep your posture and spine in check. At Posture & Wellness, our team is ready to help. Book your FREE discovery call with your local Finsbury Park chiropractor! BOOK NOW.