Most people know that posture can impact back and neck pain. But, the effects of posture on mood are much lesser-known.
Below, we’ll discuss how your posture could be affecting your mood and what you can do to correct it.
How Does Posture Affect Mood?
Research has shown that posture and mood are closely linked. In one study, participants who adopted an upright posture in the face of stress reported improved mood, less fear, and greater confidence than those in a slumped position. In another study, an upright posture was found to reduce fatigue and self-consciousness in people with mild to moderate depression.
But, how exactly does posture influence mood? The answer likely comes down to hormones. A study conducted by Amy J.C. Cuddy, a Harvard Business School professor, found that power postures decreased levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, and increased levels of testosterone, which is associated with dominance.
Additionally, good posture’s effects on energy levels can positively impact your mood. Poor posture forces your back muscles to exert more energy to support your body. With an upright posture, you’ll feel more energized.
Tips For Better Posture
Optimize Your Workspace
If you work at a desk, it can be difficult to maintain good posture throughout the day. But, a few simple adjustments to your workspace can make it easier.
For one, make sure that your computer screen is at eye level. This will keep you from straining your neck to look up or down at the screen.
Additionally, invest in a desk chair with ample lower back support. When you’re sitting, the chair should support the natural curve of your lower back to prevent excess pressure on the spinal structures.
Add Stretches To Your Self-Care Routine
Muscle tension can worsen the effects of poor posture. Stretching after long periods of standing or sitting can help. Child’s pose, cat-cow, and standing forward fold are among the best stretches for better posture.
Improve Your Abdominal Strength
Your abdominal muscles support the spine and make it easier to maintain good posture. An exercise plan that includes core strengthening can help you achieve stronger abs and improve your posture.
Consider Chiropractic Care
Spinal misalignments can make it difficult to maintain optimal posture. Chiropractic care is a safe, drug-free way to restore the alignment of the spine for greater comfort and mobility. Combined with the strategies listed above, chiropractic care can improve your posture and prevent chronic back pain.
Contact Wasserman Chiropractic today to learn more about how we can help improve your posture and overall quality of life.