If you are experiencing a slouched, upper body posture, it is more than likely that the muscles around the chest are tight. Tightening of the Pectoral muscles limits the ability of the rib cage to expand during breathing. The result is rapid, shallow breathing. Shallow breathing means you’re taking in less oxygen and less oxygen means less energy.

A rounded curvature of the upper back that goes along with bad posture leaves less room for your lungs to fill up when you breathe. Basically, the more restrictions you have with your posture, the harder your breathing becomes.

The value of correct posture cannot be overstated. Allowing more oxygen into your lungs means better health, more energy and more stamina.

Correct Posture When Standing

  • Feet should be shoulder width apart with your weight balanced mostly on the heels of your feet
  • Your lower back should have a natural curve that is not exaggerated
  • Your chest is lifted pushing your shoulder blades back and down
  • Make sure your neck muscles are relaxed

Correct seated posture

  • Your feet should be resting on the floor with your knees bent at 90 degrees.
  • Avoid crossing your legs – it throws off the alignment of your spine
  • Your back should be in a neutral position with a shallow curvature in the lower back
  • Lift your chest
  • Your shoulders are back and down-avoid slouching or leaning forward
  • Your neck muscles should be relaxed 2

Are you experiencing muscle tension and pain from prolonged poor posture? Schedule a massage with Carolina Massage and Wellness.