What is Posture?
Posture is the position in which you hold your body upright against gravity while standing, sitting or lying down. Good posture involves training your body to stand, walk, sit and lie in positions where the least amount of strain is placed on supporting muscles and ligaments during movement or weight-bearing activities.
Poor posture may cause problems including:
- Back, shoulder and neck pain
- Spinal dysfunction
- Muscle fatigue (as they are expending more energy)
- Joint degeneration and ligament laxity/stretch
- Rounded shoulders
- Tension headaches
- Increased risk of osteoarthritis
- Increased risk of cardiovascular disease and/or varicose veins due to restricted blood flow and circulation
- Digestive issues due to constricted intestines
On top of this, posture may also affect your memory and concentration, which are vital when studying!
Posture and Study – How to get them working together!
It is important your study space is set up correctly to encourage good posture. The image below describes all of the factors to consider when settling in to a study session:
It is also important to take regular breaks – get up and stretch/move around at least every 30 minutes. Drinking plenty of water will also help (balance out the coffee/energy drinks you may be consuming!!)
How can your Osteopath help?
In the case of poor posture, your Osteopath will work with you to determine the cause and decide on a course of treatment.
Osteopaths may improve your posture by:
- Improving muscular flexibility in your body
- Improving joint range of motion in the spine and extremities
- Providing instruction on what constitutes ‘good’ posture, for example, sitting and standing correctly.
Your Osteopath can also recommend appropriate stretches to work into your study (and daily) routine.
A treatment with one of our Osteos or our Massage Therapist can also help with relaxation and stress management – click here to make an appointment with us today!
Resources used for this article include: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/inside-school-research/2015/03/posture_aids_learning.html https://www.goodleh.com/blogs/articles/benefits-of-good-study-posture-for-kids https://www.matrix.edu.au/7-easy-ways-to-correct-poor-study-posture/ http://easylearningstyles.blogspot.com.au/2010/08/posture-while-studying.html Dr Chris Reeves, Osteopath