Slouching and Bad Posture Cause Low Brain and Body O2
Slouching shoulders, while seemingly relaxing, leads to stress and tension in various muscles. Bad posture also causes chest breathing and low body O2. Since the diaphragm provides nearly maximum oxygenation of the arterial blood (due to gravity, blood flow at the bottom of the lungs is about 6 times stronger than at the top), slouching leads to reduced blood
oxygen levels. Indeed, people who slouch always have chest breathing since their abdominal organs are compressed.
Their chest breathing also prevents normal lymphatic drainage of the lymph nodes from all
organs located under the diaphragm. This is another vital function of the
Most of all, bad posture shoulders make breathing deeper and faster leading to
chronic hyperventilation that causes low body-oxygen content, poor body oxygen
test results and ... more slouching. What are the reasons?
Body O2 and slouching
experience of over 150 Russian doctors shows that slouching intensifies breathing
causing a lack of CO2 in the lungs and arterial blood. I found the same effect with 100s of my breathing students.
Since CO2 is a potent vasodilator and required for the Bohr effect,
bad posture immediately
reduces O2 levels in body and brain cells. This promotes any
chronic disease since chronic diseases are based on tissue hypoxia. It is
normal then that some people can experience chest pain, angina pain,
exacerbations of digestive problems, heart palpitations and arrhythmias due to
slouching. Hence, they should stop slouching their shoulders.
Since less than 10% of modern
people have normal breathing parameters and normal results for the DIY body oxygen
test (see Homepage for clinical facts), it is not a surprise that most modern people have
bad posture, and
that slouching shoulders is a norm in public schools, universities, libraries, and other
places. However, if you watch old movies and investigate old pictures and
photos, you can notice that the people of those times had a good posture with no slouching
Furthermore, the problem is even worse in the sick, since their heavy
breathing makes muscles even more tense and oxygen deficient. As a result,
the sicker the person, the stronger the slouching. To stop the
shoulders from slouching is easy with breathing retraining. At higher body-oxygen levels, correct
posture becomes normal naturally.
Generally, people stop slouching when they get over
a certain number in seconds for their morning CP. However, when
a person has a bad posture,
his breathing gets worse and the CP drops.
As a result, there is an accurate relationship between body oxygen levels and chances of slouching. Breathing parameters of a person (body oxygenation in seconds, minute ventilation and respiratory frequency) and his chances to slouch are connected with each other. You can find out the table that provides this link. The table is located just below here as your bonus content.
Conclusions. In order to stop slouching, one should
learn diaphragmatic breathing and gradually change his or her unconscious breathing pattern. For more detail, visit
the Section Learn with free Modules related to
healthy lifestyle factors, simple techniques, and breathing exercises that
increase brain and body oxygenation.
Related web pages:
Chest breathing problems,
tests and solutions
Learn diaphragmatic breathing:
Module 8 of the Learning Section.
* Illustration by Victor Lunn-Rockliffe
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