As mentioned, poor posture restricts breathing. Breathing is, however, essential in maintaining:
• The body’s the chemical balance, namely the body’s acid-base balance.
• All brain and body cell oxygenation.
By restricting breathing, bad posture causes an increase in the body’s acidity, a decrease of oxygen and therefore a decrease in energy and of cognitive skills. This results in fatigue, concentration issues, irritability, headaches and more.
In addition, the nervous system doesn’t function optimally when poor posture is frequent. However, the nervous system coordinates organs that need nervous stimulations to work optimally and release hormones. Therefore, certain body functions such as chemical, hormonal, digestive functions can be limited by prolonged poor posture.
It is important to consider the human being as a “social animal”. Ask yourself “what does my posture say to my friends, family, and social and professional relationships?”
Take this intentionally exaggerated, short and simple visualization exercise. Please don’t visualize someone you know.
* Imagine a man or woman walking down the street, shoulders hunched forward and head facing the ground. Whatever this person’s stride, what does their posture make you think about them? Do you instantly feel attracted to this person? Would you feel like striking up a conversation? How do you feel about this person? Is this how you want people to think and feel about you?
* Now imagine now a person with a straight yet flexible back, shoulders relaxed and held backward, head held up, looking towards the horizon. Can you even imagine this person dragging his feet? Do you instantly feel attracted to this person? Would you feel like striking up a conversation? How do you feel about this person? Is this how you want people to think and feel about you?
This short exercise is a good example the power of para verbal communication. Take a look at your own posture, what does it say about you? Maybe you don’t even know what your posture looks like. If so, ask your friends to take a look at your posture, head positioning, shoulders, and back. Are your hips leveled? If you feel that your posture is something you want to work on, then ask your chiropractor for advice. Postural corrective care is a huge tool for prevention and personal development!
Posture can say something about you that doesn’t match what you want to transmit to the world, or your self-image. And it’s even more insinuous than this! Indeed, according to your posture, certain emotions and thoughts are facilitated. You unconsciously prepare your body and mind to increase the negative impact of your environment over you and decrease its positive impact. All the while increasing stress, anxiety, fear, irritability, and so on.
You have the power to self-sabotage yourself psychologically or to reinforce your mind. The choice is yours!