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Physiotherapy & Alternative Medicine — Your Options to a Better Health In This Modern World
I was recently referred to an Occupational Therapist at work.
 
Having had physiotherapy in the past I assumed they were pretty much the same thing.
 
Although both professions do help people in very similar ways-
 
Here’s what I found…
 
the roles are actually quite different.
 
Because it seemed occupational therapy was something I was going to be taking part in for a while,
 
I decided to do some more research into what makes it different from physiotherapy.
 
So what is the difference between physiotherapy and occupational therapy?
 
Well, the biggest difference is the fact that:
 
A physiotherapist treats a patient’s actual injury or impairment (a broken bone for example). 
An Occupational therapist works on treating the whole person so they can lead a normal daily life.
While this answer is enough to know the difference between the two,
 
I decided to dig a little deeper to find out if this distinction had much of an impact on me as a patient.
 
Read on to find out what I learned.

How Physiotherapy And Occupational Therapy Differ

The goal of a physiotherapist is to get their patient back to a good level of mobility after an injury or impairment.

This is usually after an accident or other life-changing event, such as surgery or a car crash.

They work to get a patient back to a healthy state of mobility by using a range of biomechanical exercises, often with the goal of improving joint mobility, strengthening bones, or easing pain through exercise.

However, physiotherapists also help to prevent injury or surgery by attempting to correct an issue through exercise and an awareness of how to prevent future issues.

A good example of this is someone whose hips might be out of alignment, and without physiotherapy they would likely need either a single or double hip replacement.

Physiotherapy is also useful in helping people to manage mobility issues without relying on prescription medication, which can become very expensive.

An occupational therapist, on the other hand, works to treat a patient holistically, by treating their whole body as one unit in need of repair. This means they don’t just focus on the injury or issue, but also look at the patient’s environment and daily roles to find better ways of managing them.

This is particularly important for people with long-term physical or mobility impairments who can’t simply be treated and then return to their old life.

One major part of an occupational therapist’s role is improving mental health along with physical. For example, if a serious injury prevents you from exercising like you used to, they will help you find ways to manage the impact this has on your mental health.

Their job is as much about wellbeing and mental clarity as it is about physical rehabilitation. An occupational therapist looks for ways to help a patient manage changes to their lives, as opposed to simply treating an injury as it occurs.

The most important thing to consider when looking at the difference between the two roles is what actually needs treating.

Occupational therapy is intended for those that need to adjust to a life-changing issue and how this is going to impact their lives, hence the term “occupational,” whereas a physiotherapist works on treating and preventing injuries.

Physiotherapists do still work with long-term patients, but they use a biomechanical approach that focuses mainly on the area of injury, as opposed to taking a whole-body approach.

How Are The Two Roles The Same?

Although I’ve mentioned that there are some significant differences between the two roles, there are actually quite a lot of similarities too.

Both serve completely different areas of the healthcare industry, but it’s not uncommon for patients to be treated by both physiotherapists and occupational therapists if their impairment calls for it. Here are the main ways in which the two roles are similar:

  • Both roles focus on educating patients on how to prevent further injury in the future. This will often be done by teaching the patient a range of exercises to maintain flexibility and joint mobility, especially in problem areas that might have led to the original injury.
  • Both professions also work on educating patients about the healing process. Many people likely have a basic knowledge of how their body works, but therapists provide information on how long injuries take to heal, and how your body does it. This can often help patients deal with mental health issues, such as depression, that might arise from not knowing the future.
  • Both physiotherapists and occupational therapists undergo extensive training in human anatomy and muscle structure, meaning they are experts in how to treat the body. Their professions straddle an interesting line between sports therapy, medicine, and mental health professional.
  • Both roles often form part of a larger interdisciplinary team involving doctors, nurses, outpatient staff, social workers, and language therapists.
  • Both work in very similar environments, ranging from hospitals, adult care facilities, schools, private centers, and some even perform home visits.

As you can see, there are quite a few similarities between the two roles, but they are also quite different.

If a patient has a long-term or serious health condition, it’s likely that they will see both a physiotherapist and occupational therapist as part of their treatment, but which one they are treated by will depend on what it is that needs altering in their lives.

If it’s just recovery after an injury, then a physiotherapist is likely the best person, however if it’s adjusting to a permanent impairment, then an occupational therapist is the one to see.

When To See A Physiotherapist

As I previously mentioned, physiotherapy isn’t just about reactive treatment, it’s also about proactive preventative measures.

It’s important to note that you don’t need to wait until a physician recommends you visit a physiotherapist, as you can book them privately if you feel you need treatment.Physiotherapist stretching patient's arm

Here are some of the most common non-injury related reasons to visit a physiotherapist.

  1. You’re In Constant Pain

Easily the most common reason people visit a physiotherapist is because they’re in constant pain.

Whether this is still left over from an old injury that never quite healed, or is related to all-too common posture issues, persistent pain can have a massive effect on the way people live their lives.

A physiotherapist will work out the best treatment plan based on the:

  • location,
  • intensity,
  •  persistence of your pain

Their plan will likely be a combination of mobility exercises, massage, muscle manipulation, and education.

This will make sure you know how to identify and deal with any issues in the future. The objective here is to make sure you don’t need to rely on pain medication forever.

  1. You’ve Lost Much Of Your Flexibility

Many of us work desk jobs now, and sitting around for 8 or more hours at a desk can have a massive impact on your overall flexibility.

This is a particular issue if you use a computer a lot, or if you have poor quality office equipment.

Regardless of your age, people should be able to at least touch their toes, so if you can’t then it might be time to see a professional.

The physiotherapist will start by working out what bodily issues have caused your loss of flexibility.

For example, if it’s posture issues, then they will prescribe a series of exercises to improve and strengthen your back muscles, all while attempting to realign them.

This is a slow process, but hopefully results in you being able to bend again.

  1. You Seem To Have Lost Balance

Our bodies are complicated things, and balance is a fine combination of vision and touch, but is mostly controlled by the inner ear system (also known as the vestibular system).

Although a physiotherapist isn’t the person you should see to treat any problems with your inner ear, you might have previously been told these issues are permanent or untreatable, leaving you in a wobbly position.

This is where the physiotherapist comes in. They won’t look to treat the cause, but will teach you ways to manage the symptoms.

This involves training your central nervous system to compensate for a lack of inner balance by using eye, neck, and head exercises.

Physiotherapists often provide this treatment either as an alternative to surgery, or as part of the recovery process.

When To See An Occupational Therapist

So an occupational therapist largely covers the same areas as a physiotherapist, but they often focus on providing treatment to patients with permanent or life-changing issues.

Part of this treatment is improving a patient’s mental wellbeing, which can be as simple as giving them a sense of achievement again.Occupational Therapist with a patient

For many patients this makes quite a difference to their recovery speeds, and the way in which they deal with their impairment.

These are some of the most common issues that call for an occupational therapist.

  1. You Have A Physical Disability

Learning to deal with a physical impairment can be incredibly challenging, especially seeing as our world is structured for the convenience of physically able people.

An occupational therapist can help someone with physical disabilities learn to cope with this fact, from things as simple as doing things around the house to learning how to cope without something they rely on, such as a wheelchair.

  1. You Have Mental Health Issues

Awareness of the impact of mental health issues has greatly improved in recent years, but much like a physical impairment, living with a mental health issue can be very challenging.

An occupational therapist helps by providing coping mechanisms, and educating people on how to deal with challenges that others might not face. This is a good example of how their holistic approach differs to a physiotherapist.

  1. You’re Getting Older

Aging can present its own range of problems that require getting used to. This can be anything from mobility issues to the mental impact of loneliness, but this is where an occupational therapist comes in to help.

They will look at activities a patient finds difficult, whether it’s getting around the house, dressing themselves, or making food, and look for alternative ways to manage the task.

A big part of this is helping the patient to deal with their loss of independence by finding ways to give it back.

  1. You Have Learning Difficulties

Much as with physical impairments, the world isn’t designed for the convenience of those with learning difficulties.

However, they deserve as much independence as they can be given, and this often comes from teaching them alternative ways to perform tasks that others find easy.

Much of their role in this situation focus on education and coping with mental health problems, such as anger, frustration, and depression.

Do Insurance Policies Cover Either Of These Treatments?

The short answer is that this will depend on the insurance company, and can vary even by policy.

It also entirely depends on what the reason is for seeking treatment. For example, many policies include either physiotherapy or occupational therapy as standard if it’s part of a larger inpatient treatment plan (such as after surgery).

Both treatments are often included as bolt-on extras on many policies, and there may be caps on how much you can claim back in expenses, or how many treatment sessions your plan will cover.

It’s definitely worth looking into this when taking out an insurance policy because both forms of therapy can be very helpful in the unfortunate event of an accident.

As I said earlier, it is possible to book both physiotherapists and occupational therapists privately if your healthcare won’t cover it.

The cost of this will vary by state, and by individual therapist, but don’t expect to pay less than $100 a session for a well-qualified therapist.

Obviously, this is quite expensive, and will only add up with more sessions. However, if it’s not covered under insurance, or you don’t have a medical referral, then it’s definitely an option to consider.

Conclusion

Hopefully the information here answers the main differences between physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

The most important thing I’ve learned to remember is that it depends entirely on what actually needs treating.

If it’s recovering mobility or flexibility related to muscular or skeletal issues, then a physiotherapist is the one to call.

If it’s a more holistic approach you need however, one that focuses on mental and cognitive health along with physical, then call an occupational therapist.

It’s also important to remember that you can access both professions either through a medical referral or privately.

For example, if you have muscular issues you’re unlikely to visit a physician, but in this situation you can arrange your own meeting with a physiotherapist.

I’ve found this fact very useful because it’s meant that I haven’t had to sit around waiting for a referral from my doctor.

So if you find yourself in need of rehabilitation, try arranging your own appointment instead of waiting.

Related Questions

What Is Occupational Therapy Used For?

Occupational therapy is not just about improving someone’s health after an injury.

It also focuses on improving their sensory and cognitive abilities, training motor skills, improving self-esteem and confidence, and renewing a patient’s sense of accomplishment.

Injury often leads to mental health problems due to the impact the event has on a patient’s life, so occupational therapists take this into account when treating.

Is An Occupational Therapist A Doctor?

Technically, some occupational therapists might hold a doctorate, but they aren’t medical physicians.

The current career requirement is a master’s degree in a relevant field, but this doesn’t mean they’re any less skilled than a medical doctor.

Much like with any other career, their ability comes from specialization in a certain area, and they don’t need a medical doctorate because it doesn’t involve them prescribing medication.

How Long Does It Take To Become Either A Physiotherapist Or Occupational therapist?

Both careers involve having to complete a master’s degree after finishing a bachelor’s.

In short, this means around 5-6 years of college to be considered a fully qualified therapist.

Some people might then go on to complete a doctorate for further training, and this can last anywhere up to another 5 or 6 years. Both careers are very highly trained in their chosen field.

What’s The Difference Between Physical therapy And Physiotherapy?

While both do very similar jobs, a physiotherapist is a more “hands on” approach to treatment (such as involving massage), whereas a physical therapist commonly leans more towards an exercise-based approach to treatment.

That said, this is more of a language difference than an occupational one, as physiotherapy is the term more commonly used outside of the USA for both roles.

What Is Sabah Snake Grass?

Sabah Snake Grass, also known by its scientific name Clinacanthus Nutans, is native to South East Asia. It has been widely used in Malaysian traditional medicine for thousands of years, primarily as a cure against snake bites. Unsurprisingly this is where it got its name.

It has a range of alleged health benefits; the most notable being that it can be used as a cure for cancer. It’s also believed to have beneficial properties for the kidneys, along with general restorative properties.

Although it’s been used in Asian medicine for a long time, it’s still quite unknown in the Western world. This article looks at some of its health benefits, and the best ways to consume the plant.

Sabah Snake Grass Health Benefits

One of the most important and proven health benefits of Sabah Snake Grass is its use as an antioxidant. It has been compared to green tea leaves in its look, taste, and composition, and apparently functions like green tea too.

Sabah Snake Grass, like other antioxidants, works by ridding your body of free radicals and so keeps your body in good working order.

Free radicals are present in everyone’s body, but are made worse through an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise. They are essentially molecules with outer shells that aren’t full. This means they have spare electrons that can bond with other molecules in your body.

When oxygen molecules are split into single atoms they react quickly with surrounding molecules, and start a process called oxidative stress.

Also known as oxidation, this process is harmful to the cells in your body and can cause a breakdown of DNA within your cells. This in turn can lead to a whole range of problems, including the onset of diseases such as cancer, and other issues such as wrinkles.Antioxidants vs. free radicals

Antioxidants work by trapping and eliminating your body of free radicals, and so will help lower your chances of illnesses associated with this problem.

Along with powerful antioxidant properties, Sabah Snake Grass is also known for the following health benefits:

  • Anti-inflammatory properties (helps with arthritis, gout, etc.)
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Slows down the aging process, both inside and out
  • Lowers the chances of stroke and cardiovascular disease
  • Improves skin appearance and health
  • Lowers cholesterol, blood sugar and pressure, and uric acid levels
  • Improves kidney, prostate, and lung health, and may have benefits for reproductive systems too
  • Possible cancer curing properties
  • Assists with weight loss (through appetite suppression and fat burning)

Although many Malaysian people would swear to these properties, and more, very little research has been done in Western society, so these health benefits should be taken with a pinch of salt. Like with other antioxidant products, it should be used in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

Sabah Snake Grass Dosage and Side Effects

Just as with many other herbal or medicinal plants, Sabah Snake Grass is best consumed as either a tea, juice or in tablet form. Eating the leaves raw is possible, but you’re more likely to experience side effects consuming them unprocessed.

Unless you live in Asia, or know someone that does, it might be difficult to get hold of the plant in its fresh form. If this is the case, then tea would be your best option.

However, if you’re able to find some fresh, or you can grow it yourself, then experiment with different juices and shakes to find what works best for you.

There isn’t necessarily a set dosage of Sabah Snake Grass, although it’s recommended that you start with a smaller dose and work up. It’s highly unlikely that you’ll do any damage to yourself by ingesting large quantities, but just as with any new food or herbal medicine, it’s best to start with a small dose.

You might find your body doesn’t react well to the taste, and so minor illness can be avoided by starting with a small amount.

How To Consume Sabah Snake Grass

Here is a basic recipe for tea and juice. Once you’ve sorted the base recipe, feel free to add other flavorings, such as fruit.

Tea

  • Pick around 30 fresh Sabah Snake Grass leaves and wash well
  • Add to a liter of boiling water and simmer for 10 minutes. Alternatively, steep in boiled water for around 20 minutes
  • Allow the tea to cool before drinking, and then consume a cup at a time throughout the day

Juice

  • Add half a cup of water to a blender with ice
  • Squeeze in the juice of half a lemon
  • Add 30 washed Sabah Snake Grass leaves
  • Flavor with fruit to taste
  • Blend and drink

As stated, there isn’t a recommended dosage, but feel free to add as much as you want to your tea. The more you add however, the more likely you are to come up against the side effects. While these aren’t debilitating, they can include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Joint pain, including backache and knee pain
  • Insomnia

Don’t let these side effects put you off trying the grass, these are likely to hit if you consume it in very large quantities.

They’re also not dissimilar side effects to what you’d experience consuming any other herbal medicine, but if you do notice them developing then stop using the leaves immediately, or cut down on your dosage.

In Tablet Form

Can Sabah Snake Grass Cure Cancer?

Sabah Snake Grass became known in the Western world in 2008 after a Malaysian man suffering from Stage 4 thyroid cancer apparently cured himself by consuming the leaves.

He had apparently been given only months to live, and after trying all other treatments, turned to a traditional medicine as his last hope.

After consuming the leaves for 5 months his cancer apparently disappeared completely, and he was still in remission 5 years later.

The story was widely reported in both local and international news, and has created something of a cult following for the plant ever since.

If you do a quick Google of Sabah Snake Grass the first articles to show up are about its cancer-curing properties.Cancer cells

Many of the articles feature anecdotal accounts of people whose neighbors or family members have cured their cancer by consuming the plant. Oddly enough, none of the information seems to come from legitimate medical sources.

Many of the statements online claim they had to consume somewhere in the region of 200-250 leaves a day, which would be both time-consuming and expensive.

Unless you can grow the plant yourself, it would be incredibly difficult to get hold of the quantity needed to keep up with this kind of intake.

So for emphasis, Sabah Snake Grass likely benefits cancer patients through its use as an antioxidant, as this helps to curb the levels of free radicals in your body.

This is one of the main sources of cancer, as the free radicals bond with cells and cause them to mutate.

This is the main reason people believe it can be used as an alternative treatment for cancer – because its health benefits seem to skirt around the issue but aren’t directly related.

Disclaimer

As it currently stands, there is no reputable or legitimate scientific information that justifies Sabah Snake Grass as a cure for cancer. Until more scientific studies have been done in controlled environments, it’s no more than conjecture or hearsay.

If you choose to enjoy the plant, that’s fine, but there is currently no scientific basis for its use as a cancer treatment. Also, this information isn’t a substitute for seeing a medical professional about any health issues you have.

Conclusion:

Sabah Snake Grass has been used in traditional Malaysian medicine for a long time, primarily as a treatment for snake bites. Like many other traditional medicines, it’s likely that there is some scientific basis behind this use.

For example, traditional Western medicines knew to use certain trees for their pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties, many of which are still used today. However, until more research has been done on the plant it’s unfair to claim it definitely benefits people.

There is evidence that the leaves have antioxidant properties, and so can be consumed for these benefits. However, it’ll still be quite difficult to buy in Western countries and there are plants that do the same job and are much easier to buy.

If you can get hold of some Sabah Snake Grass, consider finding a way to grow your own. This is possibly the best way to guarantee having a good supply of it.

The most important thing to remember about the plant is that there’s currently no scientific evidence for it being a cure for cancer.

Many people have claimed it cured their illness, but until controlled studies have been done we can never know for sure. Don’t let this put you off getting hold of the plant though, because it’s always worth trying if you’re interested.

 

 

Does Proper Posture Burn More Calories?

There are many things we can do to stay in shape. Regular exercise combined with a healthy diet and active lifestyle can contribute greatly to our overall health. When it comes to losing weight, most of us know that we have to burn more calories than we consume in order to stay thin.

However, despite our efforts in working out and eating right, there are probably a few more things we can do to burn calories. You may not be aware of it, but your posture can have a significant effect on how many calories you are burning.

If you have poor posture, you may not be maximizing your workouts and you may even be harming yourself while you are sitting.

Read on below for more information on how practicing proper posture can help you burn more calories.

Proper Posture Use More Energy

If you currently have poor posture, it takes some effort to get yourself in the right position that would be considered proper posture.

This effort will help use up energy, which will, in turn, burn more calories. Taking the time to sit up straight and roll your shoulders back as well as keep your neck up may help you engage muscles that you don’t normally use, thus resulting in a higher level of energy burn.

The same can be said while you are working. No matter what, you will burn some calories when you are walking. But if you make sure to hold your head up and keep your shoulders back, you’ll be burning more calories due to the extra effort you are putting into it. Even making sure that your steps are aligned correctly and that you are using your legs properly will help you to expend more energy.

Proper Posture Will Engage Your Core

Your core is comprised of all of the central muscles of your body. It is highly important for maintaining overall strength throughout your body and keeping good balance. It is the major stabilizer in your body, and having a strong core can help you to become more powerful and agile while promoting your overall health.correct and wrong standing posture

There is a symbiotic relationship between a strong core and proper posture, so practicing the right posture can help you to engage and strengthen your core. One way to do so is to suck in your belly as if you are trying to bring it in to your spine.

Keep your neck and shoulders back, and imagine a straight line from the top of your head all the way through your hamstrings. Hold your body in alignment with this imaginary line. This will engage your core greatly which will help burn calories even if you are standing still.

Taking the effort to get out of a slouched position burns energy and holding your muscles tight while you are standing still is a great way to burn calories even if you aren’t working out.

Proper Posture Will Help You Breath Better

If you are a belly breather, you should make a concerted effort to start breathing exclusively with your chest. Belly breathing leads to poor posture and causes your back, neck, and shoulders to relax. This is a vicious cycle that just gets worse with time and will not help you to burn more calories.

When you practice proper chest breathing, your back and shoulders will line up properly and will be crucial in helping you to lose weight.

It is also better for your cardiovascular system, as you’ll be getting deeper breaths and experience an increase in energy.

This can help you when you are working out, allowing you to get a more intense and efficient exercise, which will always burn more calories than an exercise that is not being performed properly.

Proper Posture Will Promote Better Exercise

If you have had poor posture your entire life and you try to exercise without any help, there is a good chance that you will get winded quickly or have an increased risk of injury. Even jogging, which may seem like the most basic exercise, can be hindered by a life of poor posture.

You may be hunched over as you are running or your feet might hit the ground harder than they need to. All of these things contribute to premature fatigue which doesn’t allow you to get a thorough workout.wrong and correct running posture

Proper posture while running allows you to get more air with each breath and keeps your muscles engaged in a way that won’t injure or fatigue them.

This means that you can run for a longer distance at a more efficient pace, thus burning more calories.

This also translates to lifting weights, swimming, biking, or any other form of exercise. Hunching over or “cheating” through strokes or certain lifts is a common problem that is caused by poor posture. When you are unable to perform the entire movement required by the exercise, you will not get the maximum benefits that it is supposed to bring you.

As you gradually work on bringing your posture back to satisfactory levels, you will notice that you have the ability to perform these exercises and that you will be burning more calories in the process.

It will also improve your flexibility and mobility which allows you to do more reps at higher weights. In addition to building more muscle, you will start to lose fat thanks to the energy expended and the calories burnt with every repetition.

Proper Posture Boost Healthy Metabolism

Studies show that poor posture can negatively affect your metabolism. That’s right, it doesn’t only hurt your physical stature, bad posture can have a detrimental effect on your internal health. This is because bad posture means that you are constantly placing pressure on your digestive system and compressing your organs.

Over an extended period of time, your digestive organs will not be able to perform their functions at the levels that they used to be able to. This means you won’t be absorbing vital nutrients or expelling the toxins that they are meant to get rid of.

Once this happens, your metabolism starts to slow down as well. When that happens, you naturally start to burn less and less calories, whether you are sitting, standing, or even taking part in an intense workout.

A slowed metabolism means that you will more easily gain weight, especially the unhealthy visceral fat that forms around your belly and sides. Fortunately, practicing proper posture can help you to avoid these pitfalls.

Good posture helps to stretch your body out and get into the position in which it was meant to function. Your organs will be able to perform their vital tasks without interruption from being compressed or pushed up against each other.

This means that you will digest food more efficiently and be able to take advantage of the energy you get from consuming it. Using this energy for exercise helps you to burn calories at a faster rate, and you’ll even benefit after your workout as your heart rate remains elevated.

Burning calories at rest are almost as important as doing so while active, and a healthy metabolism is able to do this at a fantastic rate. As we’ve now learned, maintaining a good metabolism is rooted in keeping good posture throughout your life.

Proper Posture Will Lower The Chance Of Being Injured

Poor posture can cause mishaps during exercise that might result in serious injuries.

A weakened core from poor posture means that your back is not able to handle certain tasks or workouts, and you might pull a muscle or even break a bone if you aren’t properly balanced.

You may also suffer from chronic pain as a result of poor posture. No matter how tough you are and how hard you try to fight through it, you will never be able to perform your workouts to their maximum benefit if you are always in pain.

Keep in mind that long-term injuries also make you less active overall. If you have to take several months off because you broke a leg, your metabolism will start to slow and you will have to retrain your leg to start working out again.

This can be very devastating to your entire system, and it will be a difficult uphill battle to get back to the level that you may have been at in the past. The best way to prevent these sorts of injuries is to always be aware of your posture so that you can best avoid the mistakes that lead to them.

Fix Your Posture Today!

As you now know, your posture has long-term benefits in every aspect of your health. Next time you catch yourself slouching in your chair, remember that it is detrimental to your health and that you can get back in shape simply by sitting up straight and paying attention to your alignment.

When you do this, you’ll have more energy, feel better, and be able to take advantage of a healthier lifestyle. If you want to continue to burn calories whether you are sitting, standing, or exercising, make sure to make posture a priority!

Reading in bed is one of the best ways to unwind after a long day. It helps de-clutter your mind and allows your body to relax. However, one of the most common problems for nighttime readers is finding a comfortable position to lie in. Should it be on your side?

On your back? Sat up? Whichever position you seem to choose leads to a stiff neck and tired arms, depending on how long you read for. Luckily, there is a correct way to sit in bed that allows your body to relax while maintaining a good posture.

How To Read Properly In Bed

If you enjoy reading in bed it’s important to maintain good posture. The last thing you need is to fall asleep with tense muscles, as this could increase your chances of waking up with a stiff neck and back.

If you already spend lots of time reading in bed, and after a while notice a pain in your neck, it probably means you’re not sitting in a good position. If this is the case, it might take a while to teach your muscles their correct alignment again.

Here are some different ways to sit when reading in bed, although the same logic applies to watching TV or spending time on your phone or laptop.

Proper posture while reading in bedMethod 1 – Sitting In Bed

The goal here is to keep your spine in alignment while supporting your neck and arms. Making it so your muscles don’t have to do much work will decrease the chances of muscle tension and spasm.

  • Start by putting a pillow under your knees, which allows your legs to bend slightly. This will relieve tension on your hips, knees, and ankles.
  • Sit against several pillows, adding another under your lumbar region. The correct alignment for your spine is an S shape, and so you need extra support for your lower back. Make sure this is a thin pillow, otherwise you’ll be pushing you back too far out.
  • If you feel it necessary, place another pillow behind your head to keep your neck straight. If you’re sitting properly, your head will support itself, although it can help to give your neck a rest too.
  • Finally, place a pillow on your legs to support your arms. Just as with sitting at a computer, your eyes need to be level with the top of your book. This relieves stress on your neck and head by stopping you from looking down. It also means your arms and shoulders do less work, because even though a book isn’t heavy, holding an object in the same place for too long will cause muscle fatigue.

If you have bad posture, you might find your back aching a bit the first few times you sit like this. This is completely normal, and it’s just the feeling of your muscles going back to where they should be.

The main objective is to support your spine without squishing your vertebrae, while also supporting your neck. Reading a book for too long can strain your neck regardless of where you’re sitting, and so it’s best to prioritize keeping your book at eye level.

Method 2 – Lying In Bed

Reading a book while lying in bed follows the same principles as sitting, but means you need different neck and back support. Lying down on a firm mattress will lead to your spine naturally aligning itself, and so there’s little you really need to do to help.

  • Start by lying on your back in a comfortable position. It can help to raise your legs slightly, either with a pillow under your knees, or drawing your feet up to your bum. This will also give you something to lean your book against.
  • Support your neck with a pillow or two. Although it might seem tempting to pack loads of pillows behind your head, this will cause you to bend your head too far forward. It’s better to bring your book closer to your head than to prop yourself up.
  • However if you want to sit somewhere between upright and lying down, build your pillow support at a gradient so your back can relax against it. The key is to keep everything in line and to prevent your muscles from working too hard.
  • Proper Posture while using laptop/reading in Bed

If you choose to lie down to read in bed, it’s best to spend less time doing so. Although it can feel more relaxing, it’s not a natural position for your spine and so can lead to bad posture faster. It’s best to sit in bed while reading, as this will keep your back and neck straighter.

Why Is Good Posture Important?

More people suffer with the problems of bad posture than they realize. Having poor posture is particularly common in office workers and people who sit at desks all day, and those performing repetitive physical motions.

Bad posture is something that develops with age, and over time your muscles tighten and loosen into new shapes because of bad posture habits. These are usually things like hunching over a keyboard or slouching in a chair, and lead to a whole range of problems.

main experiencing back painOne of the most common symptoms of poor posture is backache. Depending on your posture issues, this either manifests as lower back pain, or pain in the shoulders and neck. This can be generally unpleasant, but can also lead to more serious issues such as hunchback and rolled shoulders.

People with poor posture can also suffer from knee and hip issues if their arches collapse or their hips rotate. Over time this can lead to serious complications, sometimes resulting in surgery.

Thankfully it’s quite easy to maintain a good posture, it just means consciously working on it until it becomes a habit. Buying an ergonomic chair with lumbar support can help your back, and special ergonomic office equipment can prevent RSIs.

If you find you have issues with your hips, it can be as simple to correct as some orthotic inserts for your shoes. If you catch any problems early enough they can be reasonably easy to correct.

What Are The Benefits Of Good Posture?

The benefits of having a good posture are quite varied, and go beyond your back or legs. Good posture can help in the following ways:

  • Helps prevent muscle fatigue. This might not seem massively important to the non-runners out there, but reducing your muscle fatigue will benefit your overall wellbeing and keep you feeling energetic for longer. Having a good posture means your muscles are working more efficiently because they’re not having to strain or flex, and so won’t feel tired as quickly.
  • Reduce muscle pain. If you’re sitting or standing (or lying) properly, you won’t experience as much muscle ache. Maintaining a good posture puts less strain on your spine, and helps your vertebrae to stay flexible and healthy. If your back and legs are properly aligned you won’t find yourself aching by the end of the day.
  • Improved digestion. Slouching causes your internal organs to compress, which means they can’t function as normal. If you’ve just eaten, this can have a big effect on how efficiently your body can process your food. It can cause acid reflux, wind, and constipation. Keeping your spine in the correct position allows your organs to function normally, and should prevent things from getting stuck.
  • Keeps your head high. Have you ever seen an ancient-looking person walking around, almost bent in two? It’s likely that their issues related to bad posture at some point. Having a bowed head is called hunchback, and it’s not the nicest thing in the world. Having correct posture at all times, including in bed, will help you to keep your neck straight and your head held high!
  • Makes you look better. Body language is a big thing among humans, whether we notice it or not. Bad posture can have a massive impact on the way people view you. Hunching over can make you look older, or can make you look depressed or unconfident. Imagine letting bad posture have this much impact on people’s perceptions of you. Standing straight can makes you taller too.

Conclusion:

The most important thing to remember is to do what feels comfortable. It’s about relieving tension on your back, not forcing it to work harder.

If your posture is already poor and you find it painful to sit in the suggested position, consider taking other measures to correct your posture first. Sitting in a supported position on a comfortable bed shouldn’t lead to neck and back pain.

Also, remember to not overdo it. It can be easy to lose track of time, especially with a good book, but sitting in one position for too long can be bad for your back, even if it is supported. Just as with sitting at a desk, it’s best to sit for a maximum of an hour in the same position before getting up and stretching.

Bad posture is a surprisingly common issue, with back and shoulder pain being one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. It’s particularly common in those whose lives feature repetitive actions, or those who spend long periods of time sat down.

Luckily, many of the issues associated with bad posture can be treated with exercise or corrective equipment, and rarely result in surgery. Here is a list of the 4 most common posture problems, and how to fix them.

What Are The Symptoms Of Bad Posture?

The symptoms of bad posture are quite varied, and because everyone’s back curves differently, many people won’t experience them all. Bad posture is usually a gradual problem, with people developing bad habits as they age.

These will be things like slouching when sitting, or not picking your feet up properly when you walk. Over time, they result in muscles tensing and shortening, and joints become worn in the wrong places. If you catch them early enough, you can make lifestyle adjustments to prevent any further issues.

The most common symptoms of bad posture are:

  • Back pain (most commonly the lower back)
  • Pain in the knees/hips
  • Knees pointing inwards when you stand
  • Rounded shoulders
  • Neck pain
  • General aches and pains
  • The feeling of sticking your stomach out when you stand

Not everyone will experience all of these symptoms, and it will depend entirely on the issues with your posture. There are some quick tests you can do that will give you an idea of your posture problems. Once you have worked this out, you can take the appropriate steps to correct them.

The 4 Most Common Posture Problems

  1. Rounded Shoulders

Rounded shoulders are commonly caused by bad habits when sitting, and are most common in people that hunch over a computer all day. They can also result from an imbalance of exercises, such as focusing on your chest and not your back.

Rounded Shoulder PostureSitting at a computer all day causes your chest muscles to tighten, gradually rotating your shoulders inwards. This results in back shoulder and back pain as the muscles tighten and stretch out of their correct positions. Luckily they are one of the easiest posture problems to solve.

How To Identify

It’s really easy to test for rounded shoulders. All you need to do is stand in front of a mirror holding an object in each hand. A pen or pencil is the best, but anything of a similar shape will do.

Relax your shoulders and look at which direction the pens are facing. If they face straight on, then your shoulders are absolutely fine. However, if the pens face towards each other, then you have rounded shoulders.

How To Fix

The easiest way to fix rounded shoulders is to reset how you sit on a chair. When you sit down, roll your shoulders a few times and pull them back slightly, until it feels like you’re pushing your chest out.

This is closer to where your shoulders should sit when they’re not internally rotated. This is easy to maintain using an ergonomic desk that, particularly one that provides lumbar support. Keep reminding yourself of the correct way to hold your shoulders every time you sit down until it becomes a natural habit.

This might take a while, considering you’re having to undo muscle memory, but you can make it easier with the following exercises:

  • Planking
  • Seated Rows
  • Pull-ups
  • Chest/upper back exercises and weight lifting
  1. Man staring at his phoneHunchback

Also known as kyphotic posture. This is very similar to rounded shoulders, but affects your upper back and neck. Hunchback is typically caused by sitting in a poor position, looking down at your phone too long, and leaning over a desk.

It also happens to people who stare down at their phone for too long, as this results in the same repetitive strain as any other action. As you sit for long periods of time, your chest muscles tighten and pull your neck down, causing your upper back (thoracic spine) to curve.

Over time, this also causes the muscles in your upper back to stretch and weaken. This obviously only makes the problem worse, and can lead to a vicious cycle.

How To Identify

Hunchback is another common posture problem that’s easy to identify. If you want to be technical, it’s when your upper back is curved at greater than a 40-45 degree angle. The easiest way to identify it is to have someone take a picture of you from the side while you’re standing in a relaxed position.

Look at when your back seems to curve, as if you’re hunching forwards. If you are, and it looks like your head is not in line with your body, then you have a hunchback.

How To Fix

Luckily, hunchback can also be fixed by adjusting the way you sit or stand, and by altering your office equipment. Make sure your computer screen is in the correct position, and that your eyes are level with the top.

If it’s too low, it’ll cause you to hunch. Get a monitor booster to lift it up, or lower your chair if it’s too high. When you sit, make sure you lengthen your neck as you tuck in your chin.

This will straighten your back into the correct position. You can also fix hunchback with the same exercises are rounded shoulders, or you can try foam rolling.

  1. Over-Pronated Feet(Flat Feet)

Pronation refers to your foot’s natural movement when you walk or run. It’s the act of the weight transferring from your heel to the ball of your foot as you take a stride. Over-pronation is when your feet roll inwards towards the arches, and leads to weak arches and leg pain.

Flat Feet Deformity

Over time, it can result in damage to your knee and hip joints, which might require surgery. The most common causes of over-pronation are improper footwear, repetitive and excessive force when walking or running, pregnancy, and obesity.

How To Identify

To test for over-pronation, hold one hand on each side of your ankle, about an inch away. Straighten your ankle so that the space between your hands is equal, and then relax. If your leg and ankle rolls towards the hand on the inside of your leg, then you have over-pronated feet.

How To Fix

If you catch the problem early enough, you can correct any issues by wearing orthotics in your shoes, or choosing footwear with good arch support. Orthotics can be bought over the counter, but if your case is severe then they will have to be prescription. Another way to help the issue is to run or walk barefoot whenever possible.

  1. Hip Tilt

Anterior pelvic tilt results from your hip flexors becoming short and tight. This usually occurs from sitting for too long and not stretching, which causes the muscles to constrict. As with any other common posture problem, muscles eventually tighten and weaken, adjusting to an incorrect position.Anterior Pelvic Tilt PostureThe worse the issue gets, the tighter the muscles become and the harder it is to fix. A hip tilt causes pain in the groin and lower back, and will lead to other issues in your neck and shoulders.

How To Identify

You can test for a pelvic tilt by lying on a flat surface with your legs dangling over the edge. Lift one knee up to your chest and hold it there, while trying to keep your other leg flat on the surface. If it does stay flat, your hips are fine, but if you feel yourself needing to raise it or roll your hips, then you’ve likely got an anterior pelvic tilt.

Alternatively, you can try pushing your hips up as far as you can while standing. When you relax, notice what position your hips naturally stop at. If it feels like they’re still raised slightly, then they’re probably tilting.

How To Fix

You can fix a hip tilt using static lunges, or any other exercise that stretches your thigh and hip muscles. You can also try yoga, as this will improve your overall flexibility. If you work a desk job, consider buying an ergonomic chair, and consciously making the effort to get up as often as possible and stretch.

Pay particular attention to your hips, but make sure you stretch your shoulders too. Resolving the issue can be as simple as 10 minutes of stretching a day.

Conclusion:

Back and muscle pain resulting from bad posture is all too common a problem, and can usually be fixed with some lifestyle adjustments and simple exercises. The most important thing to remember is that it will take time to correct poor posture, as you have to re-teach your muscles the correct behavior.

Luckily, there are loads of great office and exercise devices specifically designed to correct your posture, and you can pick up new exercises such as yoga. The earlier you catch any posture issues, the easier they will be to fix.

Does A Posture Corrector Work?

Bad posture can stem from a number of sources. Whether it’s genetic, caused by an injury, or just an enduring bad habit, having a bad posture can cause long-term damage to your muscles. It can cause pain in your neck, back, shoulders, and chest, and can be very hard to correct if left for too long.

One of the main sources of bad posture in our modern society is an office job, or realistically any job that involves sitting in front of a computer all day. Our bodies aren’t designed to stay sat down all day, and doing so can lead to injuries and localized pain. While many people just manage the pain, few people look to treat the source of the issue. Luckily, posture correctors were invented for this very purpose.

What Causes Bad Posture?

There are numerous causes of bad posture, such as hunching over a desk or injury, but they all cause the same general symptoms. Bad posture is caused by different groups of muscles tightening or shortening, and others lengthening and weakening.

Which muscle groups these are depends on how your posture is affected, but they are usually localized to your shoulders, neck, and upper back and chest.

Bad posture can present either as hunched shoulders and your head pushed forwards, or curving of the spine that causes your stomach to stick out. Having poor posture can also affect your hips, legs, and feet, all caused by your back being out of alignment.

The human body is surprisingly susceptible to problems like this, but our bodies weren’t designed in the most efficient way for standing upright. This is why it’s very common for people to have back, hip, and knee problems.

A man typing something on his computer

One of the most common causes of bad posture is repeated motion or remaining in the same position for too long without breaks. This is why it commonly affects office workers, as they are sat at a desk all day, but it can also affect people such as lorry or taxi drivers.

A short-term remedy if you sit at a desk all day is to take as many breaks as possible, and get up and walk around. If this isn’t an option, at the very least stand up and stretch your shoulders and back.

What Are The Risks Of Bad Posture?

Aside from localized and persistent pain, there are several other risks associated with having bad posture, including:

  • Your lungs might not function properly. Being slumped over all the time will mean that your lungs can’t expand completely, and so you’ll have a restricted amount of oxygen entering your blood. With correct posture, your chest muscles can work properly, allowing your lungs to expand fully.
  • Increased chance of injury. Although it might not be immediately obvious, having bad posture can increase your risk of further injury. If your body is already tense and not in the correct position, any sudden movements could lead to you pulling a muscle, or something considerably worse.
  • Bad posture becomes normalized. If you don’t treat your bad posture, it’ll eventually feel normal and you won’t notice the discomfort as much. This can become a vicious cycle, as the less you notice it, the more chance you have of slumping further. It becomes harder to correct because your muscles get used to being in that position, and you have to fight against muscle memory.

What Is A Posture Corrector?

A posture corrector, unsurprisingly, is a device that is designed to fix your bad posture. There are several different types available, but they all work on the same basic premise. You wear them like a brace or vest, and they redistribute the pressure on your back and shoulders, gently pushing you back into a correct posture.posture corrector brace

The right sort of model for you will depend on the source of your pain, and the biggest problem areas for your posture. They will mostly have some sort of waistband and shoulder straps, very much like a harness, and pull your shoulders back and out.

This in turn is meant to straighten your back and teach your body how to hold itself. There are different versions for men and women, each designed to fit the correct body type.

A posture corrector works by undoing your muscle memory, and forcing your muscles to learn the correct placement for good posture. This will help short muscles to grow longer, and long muscles to eventually shrink back to the correct size.

How long this takes depends on the severity of your condition, but it’s never going to be a short-term solution. In the same way as training at the gym is a long-term goal; you’ll need to be patient with your muscles as they learn their place again.

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How Do You Wear A Posture Corrector?

All the best posture correction devices will sit across your back between your shoulder blades, and some will also feature a waistband. Whether you need the waistband will depend on the source of your bad posture, but this is something you’ll know for yourself. All good posture correctors will be:

  • You’ll notice it to begin with, but you should get used to the feeling of wearing it. It shouldn’t be a nuisance when you’re wearing it, and you should be able to keep it on all day.
  • You should be able to continue about your day as normal while wearing a posture corrector. You should still be able to sit comfortably, exercise, or anything else you need to do.
  • Minimal effort to wear. A good posture corrector will require very minimal effort on your part, and should do all of the hard work for you. You shouldn’t have to pull your shoulders back into position, or straighten your back.
  • Rebuilding muscle. One of the biggest problems with bad posture is your muscles getting used to being in a bad position. A good posture corrector will help to build up muscle strength while also putting everything back into alignment.

Do Posture Correctors Really Work?

The short answer is yes. However, their effectiveness will depend entirely on your ability to correct the causes of your bad posture, rather than just wearing the device. Also, the length of time you have to wear the device will depend on the severity of your condition, and the speed at which your muscles become realigned.

A good posture corrector will not only straighten your back, but also allow your muscles to gain strength again, meaning you shouldn’t need to war the brace forever.

How long you wear a posture corrector for is completely up to you. Some people see results wearing it for as little as 10 minutes a day, whereas others will wear it for 30 minutes, or even all day. It’s best to start with short daily bursts rather than jumping in at the deep end.

This could cause your muscles to spasm due to the drastic change in position. It’s always better to start small and build up, but you’ll know what will work best for your body. If your condition is really bad, you might need to wear it for a long time. Also, if symptoms persist, it can be worth visiting a doctor.

Along with wearing a posture corrector, it’s worth considering some of the following lifestyle changes:

  • This doesn’t mean having to join a gym and become a health nut; it can be as simple as performing stretches to keep your muscles supple. A great way of controlling your posture while keeping yourself flexible is to do yoga. You don’t even need to join a class, as there are loads of great tutorials online.
  • Buy some ergonomic devices. If you have a desk job, consider getting a chair with extra lumbar support. This will treat the issue at its source, and stop you from slouching over your desk all day. You can also buy some great ergonomic computer accessories that will reduce your risk of RSI, and help your overall posture at your desk.
  • Become aware of your posture. Once you’ve sorted out your posture using a posture corrector, learn how you should be standing and sitting. Make a conscious effort to look at yourself in the mirror, and see where your shoulders should be. Memorizing a good posture will help you consciously avoid falling back into bad habits.
  • Make a habit of it. Just how bad posture comes from bad habits, good posture comes from good habits. Constantly assess how you’re sitting and standing, and correct yourself if necessary.

Conclusion:

Bad posture is all too common now as so many people work desk jobs. Obviously, these are not the only people affected, but they are certainly one of the most common groups suffering from bad posture.

A posture corrector is a great tool for getting your back into correct alignment, and will help to alleviate tension and pain associated with stiff muscles. Just remember, patience is key when using a posture corrector, and it may take some time.

What Your Posture Says About Your Personality?

Our posture is affected by everything we do on a day to day basis. Sometimes we just keep the same position over and over, and that is bad for our posture. Or we just work out all the time, put a lot of emphasis on our back and our posture is perfect.

As you can imagine, our posture says quite a bit about what personality we have, how much we take care of ourselves and other important factors. It’s definitely the type of thing that you rarely see nowadays, yet that thing tends to have a huge impact on life as a whole.

Can You Determine If A Person Is Introvert Or Extrovert From Their Posture?

Yes, you can, and there’s a reason for that. A person that’s introvert has a posture that’s focused on personal protection. Introverts don’t have a good posture, they tend to have a forward head position and a larger arch on the lower back.

On the other hand, an extrovert will be very focused on his looks. He will have a flat back posture and he will always try to improve that posture. Looks are everything for an extrovert, they allow him to showcase his importance and allure, so they make a lot of sense in a situation like this. You just have to know how to tackle this sort of thing in a meaningful way.

4 Types Of Posture

The ideal posture is a neutral position of the head, spine and pelvis. The sway back posture requires you to have the pelvis tucked under and also pushed forward, you will have a hyperextended set of knees and a flat lower back. The flat posture comes with a flat lower back and the pelvis is tucked under.

And then you have the kyphotic lordotic posture, a very exaggerated rounding of the upper back and an exaggerated ark in the lower back.4 Posture types

The thing to notice here is that posture changes can appear from time to time. Granted these are not ideal, but they give you a focus on what really matters and how you can adjust and adapt all of this in meaningful ways.

How Do These Postures Connect With Your Personality?

Most people that have a kyphotic lordotic and ideal posture were extroverts. On the other hand, the sway back and flat back postured people were introverts.

It all comes down to the way we react to various things in our lives, and the way we tackle as well as deal with all the things that come right in front of us. Everything can be adjusted and adapted in meaningful ways, and it’s certainly the type of thing that does tend to pay off a lot in the long run due to that.

Where Did It All Start?

It all comes down to the ancient times. Ever since the early days of humanity, every person has a different way to interact with others and react to the challenges ahead of them. When we are confident, we are arching our back and we stand up straight.

That exudes power and it can also scare the opponent most of the time. The extroverts will always tend to have a lot of confidence, and they do keep this type of posture for a very long time, which is understandable at the end of the day.

But things change when you have second thoughts and you are timid. When that happens, your body will have a very timid response. You just want to back away. The abdominal muscles try to curl and that will make the entire process a bit challenging for you.

When we are contracting these muscles, we are automatically tucking the pelvis and then the natural arc of the lower back is flattened. What this means, in the end, is that you are getting a flat back. This is actually quite normal for most introverts.

That doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Getting to a normal posture in the long term is a priority, even if it may take a little bit of time to reach that point. But it’s super important to make sure that your health is improved and adapted in a proper manner all the time. It’s quite challenging to deal with stuff like this, but this can be a great option in the long run!

Does This Matter?

Yes, because even before you say a word to some new persons, they will be able to see whether you are an extrovert or not. That can tell a lot of stuff about your personality, the way you are and how you approach things.

It’s always very challenging to express yourself in a way that’s simple and distinct. But the reality is that putting the right amount of work and passion into this will pay off a lot for you, and that’s exactly what you need to do in this situation.

Remember that the primary focus is to show who you are, yet you also want to impress other people. The first impressions matter, and that’s why improving your posture is super important.

How To Improve Your Posture?

You don’t have to do a ton of stuff, but the tasks you undertake need to be completed adequately if you want to make any changes. First, you want to invest in an ergonomic chair.

If you are sitting at the desk for a very long time, you might as well want to invest in a good and reliable chair that can be adjusted to your needs and which can deliver the utmost comfort at all times.

Try to stand up tall as much as you can. Whenever you see that your posture is moving towards the front or back, you want to re-adjust and stand up tall.proper posture

It will take a bit of effort to adjust your posture this way, but it will be well worth it in the end, and that’s the crucial aspect to consider!

Work out often if you can. Workouts will help eliminate most posture problems, and that’s the most important thing out there.

It can adjust and adapt everything to suit your needs and in the end, it can indeed pay off a lot. You can get rid of any type of posture problem this way, from the text neck to computer-related posture issues.

In the case of women, avoiding heels can be a very good idea. They are bad for your posture, so you might as well want to eliminate them from your day to day life.

Also, you want a soft and comfortable mattress. The sleep quality reflects in your posture. And in your energy levels too. The last thing you want is to have a bad night’s sleep, so investing in a good mattress is super important.

Conclusion:

As you can see, your posture can say a lot about your personality and lifestyle. Try to use the aforementioned ideas to improve your posture and take it to new heights.

A good posture will help you stay healthy, so you do need to at least give this a try and see the results for yourself. Rest assured that people will treat you differently based on your posture, which is why you need to try and improve your posture if you can!

Can Bad Posture Cause Liver Pain?

A lot of people end up with tons of posture problems because they work from their desk the entire day. That doesn’t seem to be a problem at first, but it quickly becomes one.

In fact, the huge issue here is that as you stay in a single place and don’t move, you end up having a lot of problems health-wise.

And if you don’t treat them properly, you end up with lots of issues that you most likely want to avoid in that regard.

When you repeat the poor posture each day, your body has no choice but to adapt to it the best way that it can do that. What this means you will have pain related to bad posture and spinal misalignment, among many others.

It’s definitely important to consider all these things, and the more you think about that, the better it will be in the end.

How to Deal with Liver Pain

Whether you like it or not, liver pain can appear out of nowhere. And the worst thing is that it will take quite a lot of time and effort to eliminate it. But can the bad posture lead to liver pain?

It can definitely do that because you end up putting a lot of pressure on your liver instead of other organs.

Granted, that doesn’t really sync in right off the bat, and it can be very confusing. But on the other hand, it can still bring in front some really bad situations that you have to deal with.

But that doesn’t appear all the time, and that’s where the primary issue lies. It will take a while for your posture to lead to any type of liver pain. And the more you let it do that, the more challenging it will become here.human liver

Remember that your liver is found near your abdomen on the right side. It’s beneath the ribs. As you have a bad posture and continue doing so, you will end up pushing the ribs as well as your back on your liver.

That’s where most of the liver pain comes from, and it only gets worse the more you let it be like that.

The liver on its own is a gland. At the same time though, it’s the largest solid organ that you can find in your body. And your liver does perform a lot of important tasks, ranging from food digestion to converting glucose into glycogen and so on.

The liver even produces amino acids and urea. So yes, it’s incredibly important for your entire body and the more you focus on staying healthy here, the better it will be in the end.

But remember that a lack of a good posture can have a negative impact on your liver. It will just end up causing a lot more pain that you can deal with, and in the end that will be a huge issue.

What you must do here is you need to adapt in ways you may not be able to and try everything the best way you can as well. It’s definitely not going to be a walk in the park, but the return on investment can be huge for sure.

Can You Experience Liver Pain When You Exercise?

Believe it or not, this does happen and it comes from your posture too. If you have any type of pain in your stomach area, then your liver is certainly the culprit there.

And as we mentioned earlier, it may very well be from some type of posture problem that you are currently dealing with and which you have to eliminate as fast as possible.

It’s hard to figure out what causes the liver pain. And let’s face it, most of us will just state that bad posture is not one of those problems.

It’s really hard to connect the two together, just because there’s no real connection created by scientists, at least in the public eye. And that’s a problem because there are quite a lot of incredible benefits for you to explore and the more you focus on that, the better it will be for you all the time.

You need to remember that as you exercise, you are using multiple muscle groups. Even if you don’t target them specifically, they are used and that can be a problem for you at first.

The muscles can become strained or pulled during a workout, especially in the abdomen area. And if you know that you have posture problems, these problems can also impact your posture too, which is exactly what you want to avoid in such a situation.

It’s definitely not an ideal situation, but it certainly brings in front some unique moments and benefits for you to explore all the time. It’s definitely an important thing to consider if you want to work out.

That doesn’t mean bad posture will always cause liver pain. But it definitely leads to some problems and you surely want to avoid them as much as you can. In the end that will make the process very convenient and distinct in its own right.

The pain will increase as you boost your cardio output. That’s why it can be a very bad idea to exercise with a bad posture. Not only will the back hurt a lot, but then you can also generate liver pain and that will be even more demanding and challenging to deal with.

It’s important to note that the liver pain will not go away right off the bat. It’s definitely the type of thing that you need to explore more and more, and it will bring in front some unique moments all the time.

People love the idea of finding new ways to tackle posture problems, and with help from a good treatment, you can do that. And if you also have liver pain issues, you really have to find the right way to eliminate such a problem in a meaningful and unique way the best way that you can.

Can Bad Posture Cause Discomfort?

The short answer here is yes. The bad posture can definitely lead to a lot of discomforts, and things can only get worse as you go along.

There’s a reason for that, the worse your posture is, the more challenges you have to deal with. The idea here is to identify the right way of dealing with such a problem, and the more you do that, the better it will be in the end.

But on the other hand, the bad posture will also lead to a huge range of health problems if you’re not careful. The liver pain for starters can end up leading to major health issues on its own.

You will have a bad digestion and in the end, you will not feel that great to begin with. You really have to push the boundaries and focus on results. And the more you do that, the better it will be for you in the end.

There are a lot of people with bad posture that don’t have any liver pain. But as you put your body through stress and work out or perform any intensive tasks, the bad posture will lead to liver pain and it will just get worse.

You won’t really feel anything at first, but it can indeed end up with quite the challenge, which is exactly what you want to avoid most of the time in a situation like this.

Are There Warning Signs?

The liver pain on its own is a warning sign that something is wrong and you have to tackle that problem. As we mentioned earlier, it’s a huge problem right off the bat, and it will just end up being more and more challenging as you go along.

It’s definitely important to learn how to take your time and adapt to the situation if you want. It’s a crucial aspect to consider and in the end, it can definitely pay off a lot as you go along.

Is it mandatory to focus on eliminating bad posture naturally? No, you don’t have to do that. But it’s indeed a very good option and it will just get better and better all the time as you go along.

It’s one of those opportunities that will help boost your health in ways you would not imagine, all you have to do is to make the most out of it in a meaningful manner.

You should always try to eliminate the liver pain fast, and the more you do that, the better it will be. It’s definitely worth the effort, and it will bring in front some great options for you to explore no matter what.

Keep in mind that the bad posture can be quite demanding most of the time, and if you tackle it correctly you can remove it without any major treatment.

What Leads To Liver Pain?

As you may imagine, different things can generate liver pain.

For example, gas and bloating can bring in a lot of liver pain. And the situation only gets worse all the time, because you have to eliminate the problem fast and the return on investment will not be as good in the end.

It’s definitely important to eliminate any foods that cause gas and bloating, as you will just end up staying unhealthy in the long run.

Moreover, greasy or heavy meals, in general, can be problematic for you, which is why you want to avoid them the best way that you can.

Furthermore, liver pain can also be generated by alcohol problems.

It’s always important to eliminate this the best way that you can, because the faster you do that, the better the results will be in the end. It’s a great thing to visit the doctor and identify these things as fast as possible.

Only then you will be able to find the right treatment and in the end that can be a huge problem to keep in mind.

A poor posture is problematic for your liver too. As we mentioned earlier, sitting in a hunched over position, your liver will have to deal with pressure on the organs and surrounding tissue.

Your body doesn’t give easy, but it will have to deal with lots of challenges if you want to retain a certain posture and that’s definitely something to consider.

How To Improve Your Posture?

If you want to eliminate the bad posture and potential liver pain, there are some things that you need to take into consideration. First, find your center by standing up a straight wall.

Then use the wall to teach yourself a good posture. If possible, you can also talk with someone to tape an X on your back to correct your posture, as that will always work well.

It’s also a very good idea to keep the weight on the balls of your feet. This way you can easily eliminate any posture problems and things will only get better for you as you go along.

Walking as if you had a book balanced on your head is also handy, and it will help you retain a very good and healthy position all the time. This is where you need to avoid pushing your head back or forward, as it’s a crucial thing to consider and it will be a lot better if you stay away from any issues like that.

When it comes to improving the sitting posture, you want to have your back sitting at the right angle to your thighs. Opting for a supportive, ergonomic chair is a very important thing to keep in mind.

Conclusion:

In the end, it’s very important to make sure that you adjust your posture if you want to eliminate any liver pain.

There are many situations when bad posture can cause liver pain, so you really have to adapt everything and suit your needs in a meaningful way. It’s a great thing to consider if you want to eliminate the liver pain naturally!

Can Bad Posture Cause Tinnitus?

It is well known that bad posture is not only a matter of looking weak or hunched over. It can actually lead to a variety of health problems such as chronic back pain, sore muscles, and even gastrointestinal distress.

But there are other less obvious ailments caused by bad posture as well. Many people have complained that their poor posture is correlated with hearing problems and ringing in their ears. Is tinnitus one of the conditions that can be caused by bad posture?

Doctors are saying that yes, bad posture, specifically in the neck, can lead to tinnitus.

The specific problem that is known to contribute to systems is called Forward Head Posture.

Forward head posture is when the upper part of your spine is pushing towards the front of your body, causing your head to stick out past your body rather than to sit straight atop your shoulders.

Because it is often caused by too much reading or use of electronic devices, it has been given various names such as “text neck,” “scholar’s neck,” and “iHunch.”

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a symptom in which somebody will hear ringing or other sounds when there are no real external sounds present.

Sounds have also been described by patients as hissing, clicking and roaring,

with some people even hearing muffled music or conversation. Tinnitus is not a condition in of itself, but it is a generally a symptom of a pre-existing underlying condition.

Sometimes it is associated with loss of hearing from old age, injury to the ear, or other internal disorders. However, it is also often associated with poor posture. Usually, treating these underlying conditions causes the tinnitus to go away.

How Does Forward Head Posture Develop?

There are multiple factors that can lead to forward head posture. Strains and sprains from injuries such as whiplash can cause weakening of the muscles and ligaments in the neck.

This makes it difficult for someone to hold his or her head up straight. With so many people working on computers on a daily basis, bad habits can also lead to forward head posture.

Hunching over a laptop or onto a desk while working on a computer can put strain on the neck and the upper and lower back. Over time, this leads to curvature in the spine and resets your muscles so that your head is naturally leaning forward.

How Does Forward Head Posture Lead to Tinnitus?

There is a bundle of sensitive nerves at the where the base of the skull meets the first vertebrae in the neck. The brainstem also lies in this region.Ear anatomy

When too much stress is put on the neck due to forward head posture, this area can become compressed and irritated.

Because the auditory canal is so close to this region, this strain can manifest itself as a ringing or other annoying sound that seems to come and go.

The more stress that is put on the neck, the more likely it is that you will experience the symptoms of tinnitus.

As a person continues to practice bad habits with posture, this tinnitus may become worse or more frequent. This nerve bundles and brain stem continue to get pinched and the symptoms are more intense as time goes on.

It is important to notice the habits that are leading to this bad posture and thus creating the effect of ringing or other noises in the ears.

What Are The Habits That Cause Forward Head Posture?

If you are in front of a computer or other electronic device for long periods of time, you will likely find yourself hunching over in order to get a better view of the screen or to read smaller texts.

Man staring at his phone

Once you initiate this hunch, the chance that you remain in that position becomes greater.

This leads to loads of strain on the neck and the back, but as your muscles become used to this position, they will train themselves to stay in it.

You’ll notice that your head starts leaning forward even when you are standing and walking.

Your muscles have now been trained to hold the forward head posture even though it is not natural for your body to do so.

If you are an artist or an architect who is sketching on a desk for hours at a time, you may also be contributing to forward head posture.

Hunching over a paper and writing can put a lot of strain on the neck and back muscles, leading to the poor posture and possibly tinnitus. Fortunately, there are corrections that can be made.

What Should I do if I think I have Tinnitus?

If you start to experience ringing or other noises, the first thing you should do is see your doctor.

Only they can properly diagnose your symptoms. There are a variety of conditions that can lead to tinnitus, so it is important to rule out other possible factors.

Your doctor will be able to perform tests and analytics to determine what is causing you to hear this ringing. If he suspects that the tinnitus has come about as a result of forward head posture, he will recommend certain courses of action to improve your posture and eventually eliminate the ringing in your ears.man with tinnitus

Tinnitus can come and go with varying levels of intensity. Before you see doctor, make a log of the times you are experiencing the noises. Note how intense and how frequent they are so that your doctor can get a better sense of your patterns.

He may be able to notice certain patterns that will suggest why you are suffering from this. If you are noticing it specifically when you are at work or looking at a computer, there is a good chance that it is because of forward head posture.

How to Correct Forward Head Posture

There are several steps you can take to improve your posture and reverse the instance of forward head posture in your life. It developed because of poor habits and it can be eliminated by practicing good habits every single day.

You must remain conscious of your posture and actively tell yourself that you need to do these things in order to get rid of your tinnitus.

Neck Exercises illustrationNeck exercises are an excellent way to begin your journey back to proper posture.

Try tilting your head forward and leaning your chin on your chest. This may be painful, but it is important to hold it for 5 seconds before returning to a neutral position.

After this, turn your head as far as you can to one side until you feel a stretch. Hold this for 5 seconds, then return to neutral position and repeat in the other direction. Next, you can tilt your head upwards until you feel a stretch in your throat.

Hold for 5 seconds and return to your normal position. The final exercise is the side neck tilt, in which you tilt your head towards one shoulder, holding for 5 seconds and then repeating on the other side.

These exercises can be performed throughout the day and they will help immensely, but there are several more things that you have to take care of. You need to set up your workstation to be as ergonomic as possible and to discourage poor posture while you are sitting.

Make sure your chair is set up so that your feet are flat on the floor and that your elbows are at 90 degrees when your hands are resting on your desk.

The top of your monitor should be aligned with your eyes so that you will be looking straight when using your computer rather than crooking your neck or hunching over.

It is best to sit up straight, but if you must, leaning back is far better than crouching forward because it keeps your spine aligned in a healthy position.

You might also consider getting a tilted standing desk, especially if you are an artist or someone who is using a pen and paper throughout the day. This will help elongate your spine and keep you in a better position.

Whether you opt for this or not, it is important to get up at least once an hour and walk around. The longer you allow yourself to sit at your desk and stare at a screen, the more likely it is that you will become fatigued and fall into bad habits.

Conclusion:

If you are experiencing tinnitus, these are some tips that can help you end the annoying ringing in your ears. Consult with your doctor to make sure that these are right for you.

Ultimately, you want to address the cause of the tinnitus, and if yours is because of bad posture, it is important that you focus on fixing that in order to enjoy a ring-free life.

Can Bad Posture Cause Abdominal Pain?

You probably know that bad posture can cause several problems in life, most of them having to do with your and neck. If you don’t sit properly, you may experience pain in your lower back, and if you slouch you might also have a sore neck or shoulders.

However, many people don’t know that these are not the only issues related to poor posture. Is it possible that bad posture can contribute to even more serious problems, such as abdominal pain?

Research by doctors and scientists has shown that bad posture can, in fact, lead to abdominal pain and a variety of digestive and gastrointestinal problems.

Doctors have seen patients become healthier simply as a result of improving their posture. They have reduced the amount of stomach pain they experience and eliminated cramps and other digestive issues that have plagued them in the past.

This research suggests that those who are suffering from abdominal pain should certainly seek to develop better postural habits so that they can experience positive effects.

How Can Posture Cause Stomach Pain?

You may not feel stomach pain when you are sitting with poor posture, but the things that are happening to your midsection if you are slouching are what contribute to the pain you might experience in the future.

First of all, sitting in a slouched position causes your stomach to compress, constricting the blood vessels in the region. This means that you will not benefit from an efficient flow of oxygenated blood to your stomach and other organs surrounding it.

Your digestion will slow down, and you may feel bloated and experience symptoms such as constipation and excess gas.

If you are in your chair for long amounts of time every day, your energy levels will also decrease, and your digestion will become worse. It is important to move around in order to get your circulation going.Man experiencing stomach pain

This increased blood flow will help all areas of your body, including your gut. Remaining sedentary combined with the extra pressure caused by bad posture will only continue to exacerbate your digestive issues.

If you eat a lot of carbs during your lunch break, you may be making the problem even worse, especially if you suffer from poor posture. Experiments have shown dietary carbohydrates get absorbed at a far slower rate when sitting in a sedentary, hunched over position.

Some of these carbohydrates remain undigested in the gut and begin to ferment. This causes inflammation and irritation in your stomach and actually deprives you of nutrients which may lead to other symptoms such as weakness and illness.

Doctors say it is actually better to lie down after a large meal than it is to sit because this will relieve some of the pressure on your abdominal section.

The bloating caused by your poor posture leads to even further problems such as stomach distension and painful gas. When you have too much gas in your system, you may experience cramps and intestinal spasms.

This makes you feel worse and leads to even further digestive problems. If you don’t sit properly, it is best for you to remain on your feet and try to be active after eating so that you don’t contribute to these digestive problems.

Can Posture During Eating Affect Digestion?

Posture isn’t just confined to how you hold yourself when you are working at your desk or walking around. You must also practice good posture when at the dinner or lunch table.

This isn’t only for the appearance of good manners – it may serve to help your digestion after you are finished eating.

Studies have shown that patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome have highly relaxed abdominal muscles that may be caused by unusual diaphragm contractions.

These problems can be caused by having poor posture such as leaning forward with your torso, putting unnecessary stress on the rest of the muscles in your body, specifically your abdominal muscles.

This posture also makes it more likely that food will not be chewed thoroughly, meaning that it will not be digested as efficiently as it should be. This can lead to excessive bloating and gas, making your situation even more uncomfortable and embarrassing.

Girl having abdominal pain

Can Posture Affect Abdominal Muscles Too?

It is clear that bad posture has negative effects on our internal organs, especially those that are required for digestion. They can become constricted and suffer from malabsorption and indigestion. But, can bad posture also lead to the pain of the abdominal muscles surrounding these organs?

The answer is a resounding yes. If we don’t engage our core enough to practice poor posture, we will suffer from weakened abdominal muscles. This means that every time we actually are required to utilize them, we will feel more pain because they are not ready to perform the job.

One simple movement that requires us to use our ab muscles may cause us to pull or strain, putting pressure on them that we aren’t used to. This can lead to injury or strain, causing pain for several days after this happens.

Fortunately, muscles gain strength with time and usage, so we can prevent this by working out our abdominal muscles.

It may be painful at first as we get used to it, but it will be worth it in the end as the pain in the area starts to go away and our abs get stronger. These stronger abs also help to encourage better posture, so it is a win-win situation.

How to Fix Poor Posture

If you are experiencing abdominal pain as a result of poor posture, there are many things that you can do to help yourself.

It may sound annoying or difficult at first, but you will be happy as you notice that you are becoming healthier and even looking better simply because you are standing and sitting straighter.

The ultimate benefit, however, is that you won’t be suffering from the digestive issues that have plagued you in the past. Practice some of these pieces of advice if you are looking to improve your posture

Look in the Mirror

Chances are that you aren’t often looking at yourself when you are walking or working at your desk. Take a minute to assume your natural position and look at yourself in the mirror.

Your palms should be facing your thighs and your thumbs should be pointing forward. However, if you have poor posture, it is likely that your palms will face backward.

This suggests that you are probably slouching whenever you are sitting at your desk. Pull your head and shoulders back, keeping your chest out. This is how you are supposed to stand when practicing good posture.

Fix Your Desk and Chair Setup

It can be easy to fall into the trap of leaning into your computer and curving your back. This is awful for your posture and for your digestive system.

People may think that leaning back is poor posture, but it is actually better than hunching forward. Ideally, you should find a chair that keeps your back upright and allows you to lean a little bit back while keeping your knees elevated.

Keep the top of your screen at eye level and the monitor at an arm’s length away. This is the perfect position to allow you to look straight ahead without straining your neck or back.

Practice Flexibility

If you are not flexible, you may find it painful or difficult to sit in these positions for long periods of time. This is because your muscles have become weakened and accustomed to detrimental positions over the years that you have been hunching over.muscle stretching his back and leg muscles

You can take a class at the local gym or find many great videos online that will help you with your flexibility. Start slowly, but remain consistent, practicing every day. Pretty soon you’ll notice that you look far better both when you are sitting and standing and that you feel much stronger.

Do Core Exercises

As we mentioned earlier, your core is extremely important in promoting good posture. The core is the entire area that extends from under your rib cage all the way to the middle of your thigh.

So, it includes your abdominal muscles but also several other groups. There are many core exercises that will help you to strengthen your midsection.

This, in turn, will cause your posture to naturally improve as your muscles assume more beneficial positions. You’ll get the added benefit of improved digestion as you continue to work on your core.

Conclusion:

Bad Posture poses a myriad of health risks for all of us. We may not know it, but it even extends to our digestive system and abdominal muscles.

Pain in the midsection can be a debilitating condition, so it is important that we practice good posture in order to keep ourselves away from this.

There are a few tasks and habits that need to be changed, but after just a short amount of time, you will see the long list of benefits that can be had if you simply focus on good posture.