Bad Posture Symptoms

Are you experiencing neck pain, low back pain, ankle pain, knee pain or hip pain?

Are you experiencing shoulder, elbow or wrist pain? Are you experiencing prolonged muscle pain, muscle spasms, or muscle tightness?


Are you experiencing numbness or tingling in your arms legs? Are you experiencing migraines?

Are you having digestive issues, respiratory, circulation and urinary problems?

If you answered “Yes” to any these questions you need to have your posture evaluated…

…and the right corrective exercises prescribed to correct your posture.

The longer you wait, the longer the pain will continue and the more likely injury and further joint and tissue deterioration will occur. You may be able to think of how joint issues and muscle pain may have something to do with improper posture, but may wonder how migraines, digestive issues and circulation can be affected by improper posture.

To put it simply… posture affects everything. The body acts and functions as a unit.

While posture does play a role in every aspect of the body, non-invasive exercises can correct deficits in proper posture. They just need to be done consistently.

It is important to first accurately identify the problems in posture and then to have someone trained in posture to accurately provide you the right exercises to correct the problems. There are many  ‘corrective exercises’ out there, but, unless they are the right exercises for your problem, you will not achieve the optimal outcomes for you individually.

First, let’s briefly review what proper posture is.

To say “just stand up straight” or “hold shoulders back and head up” is incorrect. Muscles move bones. As much as you may try to hold these positions, unless the body is in the correct position the muscles are not in positions nor have the strength and endurance needed to be able to ‘stand up straight’ or to ‘hold shoulders back’ etc.

The muscles must be in the correct position and then be educated, trained and strengthened in those positions to achieve and maintain proper posture to reduce pain, symptoms, injury and illness.

The following are required for true Proper Posture:

– Ankles, knees, hips, shoulders and ears are in a straight line from a side view.

– Shoulder, hips and pelvis are at the same levels without rotation.

– Pelvis is neutral without posterior or anterior tilts or rotation.

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– Toes, feet, ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, anterior elbows and thumbs are facing forward.

– Curves of the spine are in their normal positions.

– Shoulder/Arm bones (humerus) and Hip bones (femur) are in the center of the joint.

– These positions maintained.

Deviation from any one or combination of these positions contributes to muscle and joint pain…

…by increasing stress, strains, sprains and inflammation to bones, tendons, ligaments, muscles, nerves and fascia of the body.

These deviations from proper posture can also contribute to digestive issues, circulatory issues, inflammation, neurological issues, and pain cycles.

A forward head position and rounded shoulders contributes to neck pain, numbness or tingling in the arms, upper back pain, headaches, and migraines. This position places the muscles, tendons and nerves on a perpetual stretch, not allowing them to recover and rest to perform the way they are supposed to.

In some cases, sinus pain and ear pain has resulted from improper posture…

…because it impedes the body’s lymphatic and circulatory system to move congestion and build up out of these areas. These positions also contribute to low back pain along with a forward leaning or flexed trunk position which places low back in a perpetual stretched position.

Shoulder, elbow and wrist pain or numbness and tingling are promoted by shoulders that are elevated and arms that are rotated inward, along with the rounded shoulder and forward head positions. When the body moves in these improper positions, impingement within the joint occurs causing compressing tendons, nerves and bones, resulting in pain and inflammation.

The same things occur at the hips if hips are not level and if the hip bone, (femur), is rotated inward to outward. Compression occurs in the hip, pelvis and low back causing pain, and eventually injury, and joint deterioration.

Numbness and tingling in the low back, pelvis and hip and down the leg may be a hip issue rather than just a back issue, as previously assumed years ago.

With digestion, circulation and respiratory issues the organs and pathways of the body are compromised by improper posture.

Rounded upper back position shortens the chest position which does not allow for optimal expansion of the lungs and breathing muscles. Improper low back and trunk positions can put pressure in the abdominal cavity. This can affect the stomach and intestines efficiency in digestion.

Increased pressure in the abdominal cavity can affect circulation and blood pressure in the area. The diaphragm muscle that is essential for proper breathing can also be limited in its ability to function efficiently in breathing.

Pelvic position, if tilted too far forward or too far backward, can add pressure to different points of the organs, including intestines and the bladder, effecting urinary and excretory functions.

Rarely is there only one improper position found in someone experiencing pain or other condition.

There will be multiple improper positions, because the body compensates in order to do what it needs to. However, with proper evaluation and the right exercises for you, pain can be decreased if not removed and the overall efficiency and health of your body’s systems and functions improved for a greater level of wellness.


Carla is Certified in The Egoscue Method as a Postural Alignment Specialist.  For more information on posture and corrective exercises please send an email at  If you would like a postural evaluation please contact me for more information to schedule and set up an evaluation. (replace this with link to expert page)

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