The Link Between Posture and Mood
Most people do not realize that the way they carry themselves will have a direct impact on their mood and their health. When we have our head down, it impacts our ability to breath well, reduces our oxygen content and stimulates more worry, fear and anxiety related chemicals in our brain.
Imagine you’re with two friends supporting their favorite opposing sports teams, the game just finished as you walk into the room. Before even asking the final score you can tell who won and who lost by the postures your friends are holding. The friend whose team lost is slumped with their shoulders rolled forward, chest caved in and head down while your other friend whose team won is standing tall, chest out, and shoulders back.
Their postures express their emotional states; one is upset or sad, while the other is confident and joyful. Moods clearly influence our postures, but recent studies tell us that this is a two-way street and postures also influence our moods.
This is an example of body language, but today many of us spend long periods of time in habitual postures such as sitting at a desk or on a computer, or texting on our phones with our heads down. These types of repetitive behaviors train our bodies to hold certain postures.
If you go back to the example above, you’ll notice that many of our common postures at work and school, or on our phones look more like the friend who’s favorite sports team just lost. Which really means that when we train our bodies to posture a certain way, we also train our brains to feel a certain way.
This means that over time our brain begins to think that we are in a state of sadness, fear or anger when we shouldn’t be. Negative moods mean that our brains chemistry has been altered, which often has cascading effects to elsewhere in our body including our digestion, moods like depression and physical consequences like degeneration.
At Exodus Health Center, we emphasize correcting abnormal alignment and movement of the spine that can create poor posture. We know that movement is life, so our rehabilitative exercises help you retrain your body and brain to sit, stand and walk in healthy movement patterns, so that life is restored into all areas of the body.
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