Understanding the Causes of Poor Posture Will Help You Correct It
Most people are aware that poor posture is largely responsible for causing neck and back pain. But did you also know that posture and dental health are profoundly linked? Avoiding unnecessary dental difficulties and pain might be motivating enough for you to take stock of your posture. Keeping your body upright and in proper alignment takes pressure off your spine. Excess pressure may be caused by extra weight, bad posture, and playing high-impact sports which increases the rate of degeneration of the discs and joints in the spine.
If you are suffering from any kind of back or neck pain then understanding and learning about the causes of poor posture can be useful as you look for relief.
Indicators you may have poor posture
You may have poor posture if:
- If you are unable to clear your ears
- Suffer from regular headaches
- Feel numbness in one of your hands
- Feel constant neck or jaw pain
Try these two posture tests to find out more about yours:
- The Wall Test- Put the back of your head up against the wall and walk your heels six inches apart. Let your buttocks touch the wall and check the distance between your lower back and the wall, and your neck and the wall with your hand. If it’s within an inch or two then you have near perfect posture.
- The Mirror Test- Face a full-length mirror and check for even shoulder height, level hips and kneecaps and that the spaces between your sides and arms are equal.
If everything looks level, then your posture is good.
2 Ways that Poor Posture Affects Your Dental Health:
- Affect Your Jaw Alignment and Bite
The hinge of your jaw is one of the most complex joints in your body. It’s attached to your muscles, nerve bundles, teeth, and cranium and is designed to perform complicated movements, which includes the bones, discs, and ligaments working together to move the jaw from side to side, pull your jaw backwards, clench your teeth. and stretch your jaw. The position of your jaw affects the shape of your spine. Slouching pushes the lower half of the jaw out at an unnatural way, pushing the skull backwards to compress the spine. This can lead to issues such as a misaligned bite, jaw pain and the shortening of your jaw muscles.
- Damages Your Teeth
Poor posture can apply a lot of unnecessary strain and tension to your teeth which can lead to damaged, cracked teeth and TMJ pain.
Symptoms that inform if your oral health is affected by your posture:
This can occur at any age and can vary from being a slight nuisance to very painful which can affect your ability to eat, talk, or sleep. If you have any of the following symptoms, correcting your posture as well as seeking professional advisement would be in your best interest.
- Facial Swelling
- Difficulty Biting
- Jaws popping, clicking, or locking
- Ringing in your ears
- Constant headaches or pain in the back, shoulders, neck, or ears
- Sinus Congestion
- Ear infections
How to Improve Posture
Having a good core structure is important if you want to improve your posture. Strong stomach muscles help your body find balance when standing upright. Core exercises should be done at least a couple of times a week to develop and maintain these muscles.
You can also improve posture by:
- Practicing yoga
- Consciously improving the way you stand, sit, and lie down
- Walking with your head held straight
- Keep your phone or book at eye level when reading for prolonged periods
If only all health problems were this easy to fix. Commit to the development of better posture for the much improved health of your teeth, jaw, gums, and spine.