As a physical therapist we are always looking at posture and how it affects your spinal positioning. Optimizing your posture along with adequate movement allows for maintaining a healthy spine. What I didn't realize, until now, was that how you position yourself actually affects your hormones like testosterone and cortisol (stress hormone). For example, taking on a "power pose" results in an increase in testosterone while decreasing cortisol (Carney, 2010). Now this study I reference was from the Association for Psychological Science and the "power pose" was NOT related to proper ergonomics or body mechanics necessarily, but the point is clear. How we position our bodies does in fact affect not only our joints, but also our hormones including the stress hormone like cortisol. Depending on your choice of posture, you can either improve your thinking, feeling and body mechanics while decreasing your stress, or not.
While you sit at your desk, try opening the chest by bringing your shoulder blades back. And every hour, hop out of the chair and walk around. Because the small change just may change your life in ways you didn't expect.
How do you feel after changing your posture?
Dr Carolyn Dolan DPT, Cert MDT, MSHN
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