There are two types of posture: dynamic posture and static posture. Dynamic posture is how you hold yourself when you are moving, such as when you are walking, running or bending over to pick something up. Static posture is how you hold yourself when you are not moving, such as sitting, standing or sleeping.
The correct alignment of our body parts supported by muscle tension is what constitutes good posture. The key to good posture is how your spine is positioned. There are three natural curves in your spine at your neck, mid-back and lower back. When you have good posture, these curves will be maintained. If these curves increase, it can indicate bad posture.
An easy way to remember how to maintain good posture is to be aware of your positioning. Ideally, your head should be above your shoulders, and the top of your shoulder should be over your hips.
Good posture requires adequate muscle flexibility and strength, normal joint motion in the spine and other regions of the body, as well as efficient postural muscles (which are balanced on both sides of the spine). This must be maintained whether you are at work, at home, or traveling.
When your body is engaged in good posture, it helps you to stand, to walk, to sit and to lie in positions that place the least strain on supporting muscles and ligaments during movement and weight-bearing activities. Good posture will do many things for you that will maintain your overall health. Some of these include the following:
- Keep bones and joints in correct alignment so that your muscles are used correctly, decreasing the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces that could result in degenerative arthritis and joint pain.
- Reduce the stress on the ligaments holding the spinal joints together, minimizing the likelihood of injury.
- Allow the muscles to work efficiently, so that the body uses less energy and, therefore, preventing muscle fatigue.
- Prevents muscle strain, overuse disorders and even back and muscular pain.
Maintaining good and proper posture is extremely important for your overall health. However, it isn’t always easy to do or remember. Unfortunately, if you do not remain focused on maintaining a good posture, you may be exposing yourself to some serious health issues.
Bad Posture Affects Overall Health
It is true: you should have listened to your mother when she told you to sit up straight at the dinner table. It didn’t seem important at the time, but now that you are an adult and feeling those aches and pains that were never there before, you wish you had paid attention to your mom.
Maintaining good posture does wonders for your overall health but failing to do so can do just the opposite. Shoulder and back pain are common health issues arising from poor posture. Bad posture forces you to overwork the muscles in your neck and back.
Neck and back pain alone can be bad enough, as, over time, it can lead to arthritis in nearby joints, but there are many more health issues that poor posture causes. Let’s look at five more health issues brought on by poor posture.
1. Poor Circulation
Poor circulation is an issue that is especially problematic for those who sit at a desk every day. When you have bad posture and must sit all day, your body does not get the necessary circulation that it needs. Poor posture makes it harder for your heart to do its important work of circulating blood throughout your body.
Poor circulation causes improper blood flow, which can have a detrimental effect throughout your body. Lack of circulation increases the pressure in the veins of your legs. Since your veins are thin-walled, this poor circulation can lead to varicose veins. Varicose veins can cause discomfort, pain and even restlessness.
Improper posture can negatively affect your energy level. Poor posture adds tension and compression to structures that were not meant to take that kind of weight. This stress and strain will then build over time, and it will wear down your bones, joints and ligaments. Poor posture will also change how you walk, leaving you with an unnatural gait — more energy and work will be required to compensate for this unnatural form of locomotion. Your body will become fatigued more quickly from the wear of bones, joints and ligaments as well as the unnatural movement. This, of course, will make you feel more tired, more run-down and less productive.
Think of it this way: Good posture helps to streamline your body. It makes your body more efficient and ensures that it is working well, as a well-maintained car. When everything is in working order, a car sounds better, runs better, and is a pleasure to drive. Bad posture only adds to your body’s workload. You must work around the little problems that arise: the strained muscles, stressed ligaments, unnatural movements. Efficiency will be at an all-time low because your body is doing more than it should have to do.
When you overload your body, you make it work harder. When it works harder, you become more fatigued.
3. Breathing Efficacy
Breathing has a lot to do with your diaphragm. When breathing, your diaphragm needs to have enough space in the thoracic cavity to release properly and contract with each breath. Naturally, this will be boosted when your body is lengthened or in proper alignment, also known as good posture.
Poor posture will compromise your ability to breathe well. Bending over or slouching while sitting or standing is the biggest culprit as it does not allow you to take those big gulps of air your body needs. Taking those full, deep breaths allows oxygen in. When you take in oxygen, you stimulate the body’s ability to restore and rejuvenate cells, promoting a healthy brain, heart and other vital organs.
4. Hip, Knee, or Ankle Pain
As stated earlier, back and shoulder pain are expected with bad posture; they come with the territory. However, poor posture can also contribute to discomfort in your lower body.
The joints in your lower extremities are very much connected to your spinal alignment and overall posture. Altered posture and muscle imbalances caused by poor posture can place strain on your hips, knees and even your feet.
Bad posture pulls on different muscles, overworking some while shortening others. This can lead to injuries and pain in various parts of the body, from the upper body to the lower body.
5. Digestive Problems
A slumped over position can compress the space in your abdomen. When you assume a slouched posture, the organs are compressed in the abdomen. This compression makes it harder for the body to digest food and will decrease your metabolism. For the most efficient digestion, your stomach and intestines need enough room to work. In other words, you need to maintain a good posture to have efficient digestion.
Poor posture can have a detrimental effect on your overall health. As stated above, many different health issues can develop as a result of bad posture. Several health factors can also contribute to poor posture. These include stress, obesity, pregnancy, weak postural muscles, too tight muscles and even wearing high-heeled shoes. As mentioned earlier, the need to rest, even during travel can also be a hindrance to your posture.
To maintain a good posture and overall good health, you may need to engage in certain activities or invest in equipment to help ensure you maintain your posture no matter where you go, or how you are getting there. A neck pillow can help do that.
Neck Support Pillow – Support for You and Your Posture
Neck pillows, commonly known as travel pillows, are typically seen as the u-shaped pillows that many take with them on airplanes, long car trips and any other form of travel. They are specifically designed to support your neck and head so that they maintain their natural positions. The aim of using a neck pillow is to reduce neck pain and give you a good night sleep.
Neck support pillows preserve the lordotic curve of your spine. The bones in your neck are cushioned by spongy cervical disks and supported by muscles and tendons. The normal shape of the cervical spine is a gentle curve called the lordotic cervical curve. Anything that causes you to lose that natural neck position for a long period, such as sleeping with your neck bent or extended, causes stress on the spine and its supporting structures and can result in neck pain.
Neck pillows can be used in a variety of ways, depending on how people sleep. Not every person sleeps in the same position. If you sleep on your back, your neck pillow should support you without your head being tilted backward or forward. If you sleep on your side, your neck pillow should keep your nose in line with the center of your body.
Travel often leads to unnatural sleep positions that cause your neck to twist or bend. That is why it is important to use a neck pillow during a journey to ensure that you do not suffer neck pain and poor posture.
It may seem impossible to fix your posture issues, even with the support of a specialized pillow. However, it is possible to correct your posture with supports. Your doctor or chiropractor can assist in coming up with a plan to fix your posture. This may include exercises to strengthen your core muscles and activities to reduce your risk of injury. The plan may also include using a neck pillow to help avoid postural problems from a poor sleeping position.
Although there are many travel pillows available on the market, you must find a high-quality pillow that works best for you. It is best to avoid mass-market pillows or department store pillows that are all the same and of questionable construction. Xtreme Comforts has created a neck support pillow that is high-quality and promotes postural health – The XN Contour Neck Pillow.
The XN Contour Neck Pillow is the Answer to your Posture Problems
The Xtreme Comforts XN Contour Neck Pillow is the high-quality neck support pillow that you have been looking for.
Xtreme Comforts has created its memory foam neck pillow with your comfort, and your posture in mind. Knowing that maintaining a bad body posture can lead to headaches, tight muscles, pinched nerves, improper spinal alignment and many more orthopedic problems, the XN Contour Neck Pillow has been designed to help you effortlessly maintain a healthy body posture and prevent all the problems mentioned above.
This travel neck pillow is composed of contoured memory foam that is designed to provide an optimum fit for stabilizing your head and reduce pressure on nerves to help improve blood circulation. The memory foam is Xtreme Comforts’ deluxe body active memory foam that will never go flat. It remains uniform in density, conforming to your shape to provide you with the support, comfort and alignment you need for pain-free comfortable sleep or relaxation.
The XN Contour Neck Pillow’s memory foam eliminates pressure points, supports proper body alignment, and results in a deeper sleep and less overall fatigue. As a bonus, the memory foam is bacteria-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about bacterial diseases when you’re trying to rest and relax.
The XN Contour Neck Pillow comes with a soft and durable cotton cover that is super-soft while standing up to tough everyday use. This cover comes with a side pocket for convenient access to your phone or travel papers and is easy to care for. As it is completely removable, the cover is machine washable! Just wash in cold water and toss in the dryer for a fresh and clean cover.
Unlike other travel pillows, the Xtreme Comforts XN Contour Neck Pillow doesn’t have to be slung around your neck when not in use. Instead, the cushion rolls up — roll it up into the built-in cover to maintain cleanliness and provide for easy transport. And it works in three easy steps: loosen toggle, roll into cover, tighten toggle. There isn’t anything much simpler than that. When not in use, tie the string to the luggage and go.
This memory foam neck pillow is perfect for planes, trains, wheelchairs, office chairs, sofas and even cars (if you’re a passenger). This neck support pillow ensures that you are comfortable and rested no matter where you are or what you are doing.
Perhaps the best of all is that the Xtreme Comforts XN Contour Neck Pillow is a completely risk-free purchase. Xtreme Comforts stands by its products and strives for the best customer service available. As such, it is offering a lifetime guarantee. If for any reason, you are not satisfied with your purchase, return it for a full refund, no questions asked.
Are you ready to rid yourself of neck and back pain, poor posture, and all the health issues that come with it? Are you ready for a pillow that can provide comfort no matter where you go or how you travel? Are you ready for a completely risk-free purchase?
The XN Contour Neck Pillow is the answer for all your neck and posture problems, and it is available right now! Order it today and increase your health and comfort for the rest of your life.