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Bad posture is more dangerous than you think

Dear reader Bad posture will have a significant impact on quality of life. It can also lead to painful health conditions such as persistent upper and lower extremity and back pain. Thanks for this great article by Footlevelers.

The Dangers of Sitting Posture: Sitting has been called “the new smoking” when it comes to the wide-ranging health problems it can trigger. In fact, one in four American adults sits for more than eight hours a day, according to federal research from investigators at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some figures indicate that the average American sits 7.7 hours per day. Research has linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns. They include obesity, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and elevated LDL and reduced HDL cholesterol levels. Too much sitting overall and prolonged periods of sitting also seem to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer. Researchers analyzed 13 studies of sitting time and activity levels. They found that those who sat for more than eight hours a day with no physical activity had a risk of dying similar to that posed by obesity and smoking. We healthcare providers have spent many hours in our clinical practices teaching patients how to mix in a realistic, healthy amount of standing during their day to combat the long hours of sitting. So many people lose track of time and stay seated for hours on end. They have every intention of getting up to move around, but they just don’t do it. The key to correcting issues causes by excessive sitting starts with addressing their posture.

What is Proper Posture? When we stand up, our goal should be to have an erect or upright posture. In a perfect world, a perfect standing posture is where the ankles, knees, hips and shoulders are level with each other and parallel to the ground. In both the front view of the spine and the side view, the ankles, knees, hips and shoulders are all stacked up vertically, one on top of the other. Standing posture can be helped from the feet up with custom orthotics for each of your feet. If you are local click here to schedule a complimentary custom orthotics evaluation (normally $75.) If not click here to find a Footlevelers doctor in your area. As always... here's to your best health! Dr Linda

FUN FACT Personality type has been linked to postural patterns.

Dr. Linda Berry Healing Arts Chiropractic Nutrition Trauma Healing Please note: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical care. Always consult with your healthcare provider for advice before you begin taking new supplements. You are responsible for all of the health choices you make.

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