Negative Side Effects of Poor Posture

September 8, 2017 in STSMPT

We’re taught at a young age that good posture is important, but just how important is it. Scientists and researchers have been investigating that question for years. A growing body of scientific evidence shows multiple problems caused by bad posture.

The human spine has a certain natural curve to its shape. Poor posture can change that curve. Once that happens, it leads to long-term pain and discomfort, as well as issues with balance.

Poor posture can lead to varicose veins. These happen when poor posture prevents circulation from flowing as well as it needs to.

Poor posture may influence our emotional health. Research from San Francisco University (E Peper, I-Mei Lin) shows that our posture can play a role in our mood. They found that those with bad posture reported increased feelings of depression.

Poor posture puts a strain on the back muscles and adds unneeded stress to the spine. These conditions can lead to back pain (Schubble).

In all, poor posture has a myriad of health effects. Practice good posture as much as possible. Sometimes bad posture comes from muscle imbalances and exercise programs can correct that. Contact us if you would like a consultation.


Carol Kutick. “Posture is Essential to Balance and Function” National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability. Available Online At:

Erik Peper, I-Mei Lin. “Increase or Decrease Depression: How Body Posture Influences Your Energy Level” Biofeedback Vol 40 Issue 3, pp. 125-130.

John Schubble. “Good Posture Helps Reduce Back Pain” Spine-Health Available Online At:

Van der Ploeg HP, et al. “Sitting Time and All-Cause Mortality Risk in 222,497 Australian Adults”. Archives of Internal Medicine. Vol 172 Issue 6, pp. 494–500.

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