Why Proper Body Alignment Is Vital to Your Overall Health
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, proper alignment of the body can prevent broken bones and disability. It can also limit the amount of kyphosis, or the level of forward curve of your upper back that will result in spine problems, including broken bones.
Proper alignment is important whether you are sitting down, standing up, bending and turning, climbing the stairs, pushing and pulling, lifting and carrying, coughing and sneezing, and getting into bed, lying down and getting out of bed.
Seniors in aged care residences know exactly what these problems are.
With so much to remember about proper posture for a wide range of movements and activities, body alignment often takes practice and proper discipline. It may even require medical help, particularly those that a physiotherapist can provide.
Why is body alignment vital to your health?
Think of it this way; your spine keeps your body upright and balanced. If it is misaligned in any way, you will suffer side effects that run from manageable to something difficult to treat.
But even if you only suffer from a headache and digestive issues instead of depression and joint pain, the symptoms could re-occur until the spine is re-aligned properly.
Body Alignment and Your Health
1. Reduce, if not eliminate, chances of Kyphosis
Looking like a hunchback due to the deformity of the upper (thoracic) spine may be caused by many things, such as osteoporosis, ageing, and birth defects, but the most common is improper body alignment and poor posture.
Kyphosis is not something to ignore since it can lead to fatigue, pain, and difficulty breathing. It also increases the risk of complication, such as arthritis and back pain, later in life.
It can also cause problems with:
Doing certain activities
2. Prevent unnecessary exercise-related injuries
Exercising without proper body alignment can result in injuries that would have been prevented if you only knew about proper form. This is especially important for people with osteoporosis where the risk of injuries is higher, what with the spine already misaligned.
Improper alignment can also lead to broken bones with, or on top of, a fractured spine.
You should know that the most vulnerable places are your hip, wrists, spine, and other parts of the body where flexing and bending are applied. This underlines the importance of proper form when exercising.
If you suspect that you have osteoporosis, you should consult with a physiotherapist before you engage in any physical activity.
3. Keep internal organs from crowding
When you’re hunched deep and your spine is bent forward, your upper body organs could experience organ compression. Your lungs, gall bladder, liver, and stomach will be squeezed into your hunched posture that can cause organ damage and breathing difficulties.
Organ compression can also compromise lung function and that of other organs.
If you want to keep the side effects of improper body alignment at bay, you should work to do the opposite – maintain proper posture and alignment.
Proper discipline can help achieve this.
For example, be mindful of your posture if you sit down in front of your desk from 9 to 5. If your chair feels uncomfortable, replace it.
Along with proper nutrition, proper discipline can go a long way.
Most importantly, you should get the right help.
Because your set of skeletal, spinal, and muscular structure is unique, you should seek professional and medical help in correcting your posture or in developing a personalised solution for your body alignment needs and concerns.
Alex Ban Physiotherapy offers specialised services and treatment for a wide range of musculoskeletal issues, such as neck and back pain management, sports physiotherapy, and post-op physiotherapy.
Contact them today to have your body alignment checked and corrected if needed.