Fashionable 'slouch' can be bad for your back
Eighty percent of the US population will at some point in their lives experience a bout of low back pain. In fact, it is the most common cause of work-related disability and the second-most common cause of physician visits behind the common cold and the flu. Low back pain costs the economy billions of dollars and places an incalculable toll on the livelihood of millions.
Call it the hunch or the slouch, the drooping hip-thruster walk of many celebrities is ergonomically incorrect and is a forerunner of America's No. 1 disability, which is back pain.
This warning comes from a recent news service article that singles out the signature slouch of Gwyneth Paltrow, Kirsten Dunst, and Paris Hilton as unhealthy.
According to specialists writing in The Ergonomics Report, the pelvic tilt of the slouch pushes the belly forward and compresses the spine. The sustained stress of slouching can make people more vulnerable to musculoskeletal disorders.
Muscles adapt to a sloucher's round-shouldered posture, resulting in chest muscles that are short and tight and back muscles that are stretched and weak.
And do you know that even digestive problems, fatigue, and recurring headaches have been linked to poor posture? Research shows that slouching uses five times more energy than standing up straight, causing muscle tension and cutting blood flow to the brain.
Andrew Sherman, assistant professor of rehabilitation medicine at the University of Miami's School of Medicine, further revealed that if slouching celebrities are doing it for fashion, they're going to suffer some aches and pains later.
Experts say a pain-free back isn't the only potential benefit of good body alignment: it makes people look 5 to 10 pounds slimmer by flattening the stomach.
But good posture takes work. Sadly it's easier to slouch and harder to maintain good posture. You can try to hold your shoulders back but it's hard to think about posture 24 hours a day. It's better to do half an hour of exercise three times a week that targets the back.
However, good posture isn't as bankable as a slouch. That's the only way to explain why some celebrities choose to ignore it as a risk factor for back pain. But fashions change and the stars' best hope of a pain-free future lies in the rapid disappearance of poor posture as an essential fashion accessory.
If you're experiencing low back pain, don't give in to fashion but practice good posture. Phosoplex can help ease low back pain. It's the most powerful, natural, and safe solution that helps lubricate joints and rebuilds healthy cartilage.
About the author:
Sharon Bell is an avid health and fitness enthusiast and published author.
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