Many of us spend a good part of our days sitting at a desk, or doing the same activity for hours on end. Most of us have laptops or smart phones, both of which cause us to slouch more and lend to poor posture.
It seems that now more than ever we see people suffering from the negative effects of postural strain, in this modern society, (all of these laptops and Iphones and technology advances don’t help) The typical person sits at a desk or in front of a laptop, our heads usually gravitate forward and we tend to slouch in our mid backs. These people look like they are hunched forward with rounded shoulders and a protruding head position. (Sound familiar?)
What can we do about this problem?
The most logical thing to do is to not slouch. This is easier said than done, but with perseverance, positive changes will occur. The more that you are aware of a problem, the more you remind yourself and before you know it, it becomes second nature to correct it.
The next thing to do is to try to reverse some of the changes that have resulted from prolonged bad posture. This involves certain stretches and exercises. In a nutshell, we should stretch the muscles that are too tight, and strengthen the muscles that are weak; again a common sense approach that will yield good results over time, if we are diligent.
What is the downside of not dealing with this problem? Well over time, these postural changes may result in some irreversible damages such as degenerative arthritis. Obviously it is better to prevent this from happening before it becomes too late.