You can have bad posture at any age
Posture is an issue for older people, right? Not at all, say experts. “It’s a concern for everyone,” says Dr Eeric Truumees, director of spine research at Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, Austin. In fact, health conditions that affect the spine also impact your brain and nervous system, and can have a huge effect on your wellbeing. “While some conditions are more easily understood and treatable, spine and posture issues sneak up on you and can be hard to manage once they appear,” Dr Truumees says. Here’s what you need to know about keeping your posture, and your overall health, in great shape.
What is posture, anyway?
There are two types of posture: dynamic posture (your body position when moving) and static posture (your body position when sitting, standing, or sleeping). Good posture means that your head sits above your shoulders and your shoulders are over your hips, a position that maintains a neutral spine.
Thanks, electronic devices
Our phones and tablets aren’t going away, but “the problem is that as we become more and more dependent on these devices, we are getting used to sitting or standing in a hunched-over position that contributes to poor posture,” says sports-medicine doctor Dr Stacy Spivack. While electronics use tends to affect your neck and shoulders, your spine also can be harmed.