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Top Causes of Poor Posture

It doesn’t matter if you have poor posture or are concerned about this happening in the future, you need to understand the cause. Only then can you take steps to protect yourself.

Here are five of the most common causes of poor posture:

  • Occupation: Do you sit at a desk all day long? Do you hunch over your keyboard for hours on end? In today’s day and age, this is the top cause of poor posture.

  • Muscle weakness: For example, if your abdominal muscles are weak, you may rely more heavily on your back muscles. And when that happens, it can take a toll on your posture.

  • Injury: If you injure your back or neck, it could cause you to compensate in ways that result in poor posture. This makes timely and proper treatment a must.

  • The wrong shoes: Poorly fitted shoes, worn-out shoes, and even high heels can affect your stride and your posture when you stand.

  • Weight: With excessive weight around your midsection, it’s natural for your pelvis to pull forward. And when that happens, your spine is more likely to become misaligned. Add this to pressure on your lower back and you have a recipe for poor posture.

Now that you understand the top causes of poor posture, you can take the steps necessary to protect against them.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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