Monday, September 03, 2007

Fashionable ‘slouch’ Can be Bad for your Back

Slouching hurts backs ...

"Eighty percent of the US population will at some point in their lives experience a bout of low back pain. In fact, it is the most common cause of work-related disability and the second-most common cause of physician visits behind the common cold and the flu. Low back pain costs the economy billions of dollars and places an incalculable toll on the livelihood of millions.

Call it the hunch or the slouch, the drooping hip-thruster walk of many celebrities is ergonomically incorrect and is a forerunner of America’s No. 1 disability which is back pain. This warning comes from a recent news service article that singles out the signature slouch of Gwyneth Paltrow, Kirsten Dunst, and Paris Hilton as unhealthy.

According to specialists writing in The Ergonomics Report, the pelvic tilt of the slouch pushes the belly forward and compresses the spine. The sustained stress of slouching can make people more vulnerable to musculoskeletal disorders.

Muscles adapt to a sloucher's round-shouldered posture, resulting in chest muscles that are short and tight and back muscles that are stretched and weak.

And do you know that even digestive problems, fatigue, and recurring headaches have been linked to poor posture? Research shows that slouching uses five times more energy than standing up straight, causing muscle tension and cutting blood flow to the brain."    (Continued via PR-GB)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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