What are the (emotional) risks of poor posture - Smart Back Brace
Poor posture can get us into an emotional trench. This is a more subtle postural problem: the comfortableness zone problem. (I promised not to spend too much time on it, but this will get a section.)
Its relatively obvious that posture is shaped by mood and all types of other social and emotional factors. But this double-edged sword might cut one other way, too: posture may, to a modest extent, actually create and reinforce emotional states. Yes, Im talking about power posing a notoriously over-hyped idea.38 However, follow-up research has been solid enough when i feel comfortable concluding that a confident posture can influence our emotions at least a little.
39 It will never be a huge effect, but its probably there.
If posture can influence emotions, then its no surprise that it could also change pain sensitivity, and that's some evidence of that as well.40 So, heres a free, easy pain relief tip at least partially based on some science: Stand tall! Assume a bold posture, a power posture. Or, as a mentor of mine liked to describe that posture: Tits up! It may possibly reduce pain a little. A temporary reduction in sensitivity is almost not a cure for chronic pain, if it works at all, but trying certainly isnt going to go harm.
Emotions, posture, and pain sensitivity probably do all influence each other relatively.
Most self-limiting behaviours have both postural effects and causes. The classic example is depression: a depressed person will adopt a distinctively depressed posture, which were quite obvious to everyone around the company.41 Less obviously, a depressed posture may also generate depression. Happy people who try it on will actually start to feel sad! And, conversely, sad because they came from adopt happy postures and expressions will feel a little better.
Cool, eh? Physicality and emotionality are probably not cleanly type of!
The blending with physicality is interesting, but the emotional dimensions of posture are interesting by just themselves. Above I defined a poor posture as an unnecessary and problematic schedule.
That pattern may be emotionally problematic. May perhaps possibly both express emotional hangups and actually cause and reinforce them. Posture could be a self-limiting behaviour, something that actually keeps you in a poor state of mind.
We hold inside ourselves a certain ways because they reflect our comfort more than positions and our discomfort as well as other positions, such as holding our head high. Just once we eat comfort food to our detriment, we may also slouch comfortably for your detriment, constantly projecting to the world (and creating the reality) that we arent ready, or were depressed, or sullen, or uninterested in life, or whatever it may be a little more. When we leave poor posture unchallenged, we also fail to leave our emotional comfort zone, which is invariably necessary for personal growth.
See Alleviation from Personal Growth: Treating tough pain problems with the pursuit of emotional intelligence, life balance, and peacefulness.
Although its all a bit flaky and murky, I actually believe that postures relevance to emotional state and pain sensitivity may be the best reason to experiment with changing posture.
To pretend to be calm is become calm, in a means.
~ Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl.