Orem Chiropractor Poor Posture Stress Breathing

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http://www.AskDrNed.com Poor Posture Stresses Your Mind & Body 801-225-1311

Orem Chiropractor - R. Ned McArthur, D.C. Hi this is Dr. Ned McArthur

This is number 7 in a series of videos inspired by a 2012 Prevention Magazine article entitled seven weird ways your posture affects your health and happiness.

Today's topic: Bad posture stresses your mind and body. A recent study from Harvard showed that when people who adopted powerful postures (open shoulders and straight spines) had a 20% increase in testosterone levels but those who slouched had a 10% decrease in testosterone. They also found that those who adopted power postures decreased cortisol levels but those who slouched had a 15% increase in cortisol.

That translates into low self-confidence and high stress.

Slouched posture has another downside - it restricts your chest expansion and thus your lung expansion and the amount of oxygen you can bring in. Try it for yourself. Sit up straight. Shoulder back and ears above your shoulders. Take a deep breath. Now sit slouched over, head down and shoulders rolled in. Try taking a deep breath now.

Shallow chest breathing strains the lungs, which must move faster to ensure adequate oxygen flow, and taxes the heart, which is forced to speed up to provide enough blood for oxygen transport. The result is a vicious cycle, where stress prompts shallow breathing, which in turn creates more stress

Here’s how to make sure you’re breathing deeply: Rest your hand on your belly button; you should feel your belly expand as you inhale. Fill your lungs and then exhale.

What have you noticed?  Let me know in the comments.

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Dr. R. Ned McArthur is a Chiropractor and the founder of R. Ned McArthur Chiropractic in Orem, UT.

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