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The Perils of Poor Posture

Sep 28, 2016 10:06PM
by Allan Tomson, DC
Every eight seconds a baby boomer turns 50. There are 78 million of them over 40. As we age, good posture becomes more and more important. What’s more, poor posture frequently gets worse with age.

You may have heard that “sitting is the new smoking.” We are, by our work, molding our bodies in a forward position. Everything is happening in front of us. Our hands are on a keyboard for many hours per day and our bodies are folded forward. Then, if that’s not enough, we are bent over on a cellphone, further adding to the folded over posture.

This posture has been shown to negatively affect circulation, breathing and digestion. It can weaken some muscle groups and tense others. Over time, poor posture can result in a significant restriction of both nerve and blood flow.

So what can be done? Get people moving. In one classroom study, kids were able to sit on exercise balls. The researchers thought it would be too distracting. Instead, focus and learning went up. In another study, when people got out of their seats, their back pain went down.

Postural exercise programs improve balance while strengthening the core muscles. Indeed, the new wave of fitness training emphasizes core muscle strength, as well as spinal stabilization and balance.

Every day, do something to move the body. From walking to simple back stretches to yoga, it’s all available to you. Even videos on YouTube show many simple, beginning lower back exercises. If trying yoga, find a class that can help you avoid injury and receive training in the correct yoga postures. Most importantly, make your move and get moving!

Dr. Allan Tomson, DC is the founder of Neck Back and Beyond. To learn more, call 703-865-5690 or visit


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