Poor posture is the result of muscles becoming weak due to repetitive daily activities and can cause spine and joint dysfunction, long term damage and pain.
Most people attribute poor posture to slouching, pot belly, rounded shoulders and forward head posture. Poor posture is caused by repetitive motions without adequate or frequent breaks or remaining in one position for a long time.
The two most common ways posture is affected includes computer ergonomics and heavy backpacks. The excessive weight of the backpack causes the shoulders to slouch forward in compensation for balance. Computer users on average do not sit at their desk with proper posture, many slouch, cross their legs and have chairs that are not set at the proper height.
Posture education is critical in correcting poor posture. Massage therapy may also prove beneficial in relieving tight muscles caused by poor posture.