Sitting posture and osteoporosis - Learn the important connection
by Meghan Griech, PT, DPT, cert MDT, CKTP
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Sitting posture and strength are important factors that can significantly affect neck position and spinal pressure, and ultimately impact bone health. In today’s sedentary lifestyle, people spend a considerable amount of time sitting, whether at work, while commuting, or while relaxing. Unfortunately, sitting for extended periods can have detrimental effects on our musculoskeletal system, leading to postural imbalances, muscle weakness, and eventually, bone-related issues.
The human spine has a natural curve that helps to absorb shock and distribute loads evenly. The cervical spine, which includes the neck region, is one of the most vulnerable parts of the spine and is particularly sensitive to the effects of poor posture and muscle imbalances. When we sit for prolonged periods with our shoulders rounded and head drooped forward, we place extra strain on our neck muscles and shift the natural curve of our cervical spine. This can cause the muscles at the back of the neck to become overstretched, leading to pain, stiffness, and weakness.
Furthermore, poor sitting posture can also lead to increased spinal pressure. When we sit with a slouched posture, our upper body weight compresses our lower back and hips, leading to increased pressure on the spinal discs. This can cause the discs to bulge or herniate, leading to nerve compression, pain, and even spinal cord damage.
Muscle strength and endurance are essential for maintaining good posture and preventing postural imbalances. Weak muscles can cause us to slouch, leading to spinal misalignment and increased pressure on the neck and spine. In contrast, strong muscles, particularly in the back, core, and neck, can help support proper posture and maintain the natural curves of the spine.
To maintain good bone health, it is crucial to prioritize proper sitting posture and muscle strength. When sitting, aim to keep your feet flat on the floor, your back straight, and your shoulders relaxed. Sit with your head in a neutral position, avoiding tilting your head forward or backward excessively. Consider taking breaks from sitting every 30 minutes, and engage in stretching and strengthening exercises to improve posture and support healthy bone growth.
Sitting posture and strength are essential factors that can affect neck position and spinal pressure, leading to bone-related issues. By maintaining proper posture and building muscle strength, we can prevent postural imbalances and maintain healthy bones for years to come.
*Disclaimer: All information in this article is intended for instruction and informational purposes. The author(s) are not responsible for any harm or injury that may result. This information is used to supplement not replace any advice you were provided from your doctor or another medical health professional. No guarantees of specific results are expressly made or implied with this article.