Chances are, you are reading this on a tablet or smart phone type of device. How is your posture? Are you looking down? Are your shoulders rounded forward?
How many times during the day are you in this posture? How many hours a day do you spend in this position? Have you ever considered the implications this poor posture may have on your future health?
How does posture affect overall health in older populations?
A study published in 2013 examined 804 participants aged 65-94 years old and looked at the relationship between spinal posture and future dependence on activities of daily living over a 4.5 year follow up.
Researchers found a strong correlation between the distance of forward head posture (how far forward the subject's head was in front of the sacrum) and dependency on activities of daily living. In summary, the more defective your posture is, the more likely you are to have to rely on others to do simple things such as bathing, putting shoes on, and other daily activities.
Pay attention to your posture and continue taking care of your spine. In the coming months we will be launching some more posture specific protocols designed to improve posture health, but none are as important as making a conscious effort at controlling posture during the day!