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We often hear that good posture is important for our health, and start to correct others if we notice someone with a bad posture resulting from long term habits. But many do not know how bad postures will impact our long-term health.

Common effects of bad posture:

  • Headache, back, neck, and shoulder pain
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Poor digestion
  • Poor circulation
  • Misaligned spine

Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting, or lying down. Having a good posture is more than just looking good.  Good posture helps us to carry out daily movements including standing in a queue, walking to work, sitting on your office chair and even lying down on your bed while placing the least strain on our muscles and nerves. By doing this:

  • Muscles can work more efficiently, preventing muscle strain, muscle fatigue and even muscular pain
  • Reduce stress on spinal joints and nerves, and minimizing the likelihood of injury
  • Reduce the wear and tear of joint surfaces, especially during movement and weight-bearing exercises

Common bad posture habits include:

  • Slouching in a chair
  • Standing with a flat back
  • Hunching your shoulders
  • Leaning on one leg
  • Looking down and gazing downwards on your phone for long hours
  • Holding and answering your phone between your ear and your neck

There are a few ways to improve your posture, such as:

  • Be mindful of your posture during everyday activities
  • Switch positions while sitting
  • Do gentle stretching exercise to help relieve muscle tension
  • Do not cross your legs while sitting
  • Stand straight, keep your shoulders back and feet apart while standing
  • Lift heavy objects with an upright posture and bending at the knees and hips

We need to make sure that we hold our body the right way, whether moving or still, to prevent unnecessary pain and injuries. With a good posture, not only we will look better, we will feel better as well.

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Nerves carry messages back and forth between the brain and other parts of the body. All of our nerves together make up the nervous system.

Peripheral neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that affects the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord (peripheral nerves), often causes weakness, numbness and pain in the hands and feet. It can occur at any age, but is more common among older adults and diabetics.

Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy may vary, depending on the types of nerves affected, but the common ones may include:

  • Gradual onset of numbness and tingling in the feet or hands, which may spread upwards into the legs and arms
  • Burning pain
  • Sharp, jabbing or electric-like pain
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch, even light touch
  • Pain during activities that shouldn’t cause pain
  • Lack of coordination
  • Muscle weakness or paralysis if nerves controlling your movements are affected

Peripheral neuropathy can be caused by a number of health conditions, which includes:

  • Diabetes. Having an uncontrolled blood sugar level will damage your nerves and also your blood vessels that supply nutrients and oxygen. Without enough oxygen and nutrients, your nerves cannot function well.
  • Autoimmune disease. Certain autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis where the immune system attacks its own cells and leads to nerve tissue damages.
  • Physical injury. Injuries such as accidents, falls or sport injuries can damage peripheral nerves.
  • Nutritional or Vitamin imbalance, particularly B Vitamins.
  • Kidney, liver or thyroid disorders.
  • Alcoholism.

The best way to prevent peripheral neuropathy is to manage medical conditions that put you at risk. Adapt healthy lifestyle habits to support your nerve health:

  • Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein to keep nerves healthy
  • Maintain a healthy blood sugar level
  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid cramped positions that will put pressure on your nerves
  • Avoid exposure to toxic chemicals, smoking and reduce alcohol consumption

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