Exhibiting good posture is pleasing to the eyes and speaks volumes about a person. Unfortunately, good posture has become very rare and many factors contribute to this epidemic pattern. Increased amounts of time spent on phones and computers for males and females of all ages plays a huge role in the poor posture epidemic. This study evaluated the effects of poor posture and its influence on whole body health and disease. The findings are shocking and help describe why awareness and action steps to improve spinal and postural health are necessary in today’s high-tech culture.
- This study looked at the most dangerous (and popular) posture known to man: Hyper-kyphosis; which includes a rounded back, hunched shoulders, and a forward leaning head. (Hyper-kyphotic posture decreases the lumbar curve, adding significant stress to the lumbar facets and discs. It rounds out the thoracic curve and significantly reduces the cervical curvature. This forces the head forward and usually creates an extension in the occiput to keep the eyes looking level)
- There were 1,353 participants in this study who had measurements of a kyphotic posture.
- Subjects were followed for an average of 4.2 years, with mortality and cause of death confirmed using death certificates.
- Hyper-kyphotic posture was more common in men than women.
- In age and sex-adjusted analyses, those with hyper-kyphotic posture had a 1.44 greater rate of mortality (44%).
- In multiple adjusted models, the increased rate of death was significant.
- In the cause-specific mortality analyses, hyper-kyphotic posture was specifically associated with an increased rate of death due to atherosclerosis.
- For deaths due to atherosclerosis, participants with hyper-kyphotic posture had a significant 2.4 times greater rate of death.
- Even at a mild degree of hyper-kyphotic posture, there was a clear rate of greater mortality.
Everyone is at risk and most people experience poor posture at varying degrees throughout life. The question to be asked is not “if” but “when” the effects of poor posture will show up. One of the biggest challenges regarding poor posture is that the majority will relegate it down to more of a simple cosmetic appearance issue, not one that can negatively influence brain and organ health. But according to this study and many of its kind, the connection between poor posture and chronic disease processes must be made known. Regular chiropractic adjustments help change the spine and posture as it relates to function, and more people deserve to know about and experience the postural benefits chiropractic care can offer. Every chiropractic technique will help improve posture by correcting areas of spinal stress called subluxations.