Your posture is a window into your spine. The spine has a direct connection with your brain, spinal cord, and overall organ function. This relationship means that poor posture and spinal health will lead to an overall decrease in brain and organ function. Bad posture is a modern day health epidemic that is much worse than most people realize.
Dr. Roger Sperry, a Nobel Prize recipient, reports that the spine is the motor that drives the brain. According to his research, “90% of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by the movement of the spine.” Only 10% of our brain’s energy goes into thinking, metabolism, immunity, and healing. Sperry demonstrated that 90% of brain energy goes into processing and maintaining the body’s relationship with gravity (your posture).
Leaning or hunching forward, as demonstrated in the picture, can affect your lung capacity by as much as 30 percent. This decreased lung capacity does not allow your tissues or heart to receive oxygenated blood, which can lead to shortness of breath and heart and vascular disease.
Since many of us spend many hours per week on the computer it is important to use a proper ergonomic set-up. Email me a picture of your computer set-up I will make recommendations and send it back to you. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Have someone take a picture of you at your desk from the side and if possible the front and or back. Better posture leads to better health!