Part 1: Head and Neck
This is Part 1 of a multi-part series on proper posture. With each article we’ll walk through a different part of the body and discuss proper posture, poor posture, and how to fix it. Part 1 is on the head and neck.
Human beings are less active and less healthy than ever before. We sleep in soft cushy beds with 5 pillows, sit all day at work, sit and play on our phone during lunch, type on the computer until the day is done, sit in the care driving home, sit on the couch watching TV all afternoon, and then go back to bed with those cushy pillows.
This lifestyle has massive implications for our posture.
Posture is incredibly important for the human body. The function of the body relies on the form of the body. If your posture is poor it has downstream effects.
The best example of this is scoliosis. Scoliosis is a sideways curve of the spine most often occurring in childhood. This is often caused by muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy but can also have an unknown cause. As the spine becomes more curved it starts to impact the vital organs. A Cobb angle of 50 degrees means the lungs are being impacted. At 75 degrees the heart is being impacted.