It has been estimated that 40 percent of our lives are spent sitting. Almost everything we do is directly in front of us; eating, driving, working at the computer, even sitting on a stationary bicycle. Eventually if you keep the body forward flexed for 6-12 hours; five days per week it will “mold” into that position. Think of a fishing pole and how it bends into a “C” curve when there is weight at the end. This is what happens to your spinal column when gravity pulls it forward, forming an upper back “hump.” Slouching over time can become more than an appearance problem. It results in muscle imbalances, fatigue and uneven wear and tear, pain and a wide host of musculoskeletal problems.
Fortunately, your current posture is not set in stone. Continue reading »