Let us try a few simple experiments:
- Tuck your chin in to your upper chest / throat area. Now try to swallow. You should find it difficult.
- Another test – sit in a regular chair. Now bend over so that you head almost touches your knees. Now try to take a deep breath either through your nose or mouth. You should find that only a very small amount of air can be breathed in.
- Or stand upright and move your shoulders back and lean slightly backwards. This position also restricts the amount of air you can inhale. All these and many more examples prove that good posture allows ALL functions to be done comfortably and normally so as to obtain the best results and allow the Human Body to function as it was intended to do.
- Imagine what happens to all your internal organs if you walk or sit in a stooped forward position. Those organs are not going to be able to function correctly because of the pressure that they will be under. This was clearly demonstrated in the examples above. When we have the slumped forward posture, whether we are sitting or walking, organs such as lungs, intestines, and stomach are all compressed, limiting their ability to perform their jobs correctly.
- It is also impossible to breathe correctly with a stooped posture (Refer to the section on “Breathing Naturally”). Constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, limited lung capacity in sports, etc. can all be improved with better posture. Stooping also makes it more difficult to lift you feet or legs properly off the ground. Try bending forward at the waist or slump the shoulders and you should find it difficult to run, for example. This is one of the reasons that so many elderly people have falls. They cannot lift the feet off the ground whilst bent over and their balance is affected.
- Poor posture while sitting, walking or even lying puts extra strain on the neck and spine, causing pain and discomfort. The more you slump, lean or slouch in response to pain, the more the pain or fatigue that will be produced. Your doctor must find the source of the pain as soon as possible.
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