Yoga for Posture Improvement: Hyperkyphosis Carries Similar Risks as Osteoporosis, Research Finds
By: Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D., C-IAYT (Read the full article at YogaUOnline.com.)
If you’re over 40, or spend a lot of time hunched over your cell phone or computer, chances are that your posture is starting to look increasingly like the person in the image above.
We all know that poor posture isn’t flattering. However, in reality, posture affects our health and well-being in numerous ways. And one particular posture problem has significant impact on our long-term health and wellbeing, and medical science is just starting to catch on to this fact.
Here is one of the posture problems you rarely hear about, but which is well worth paying attention to:
We are talking about forward head posture and it’s more advanced relative, hyperkyphosis. You may have heard of the new concept of ‘text neck’– which is essentially forward head posture, where our head is forward of the center. In its more advanced stages, forward head posture may develop into hyperkyphosis.
And, hyperkyphosis, as we shall see, is the precursor of pretty much any age-related condition you don’t want to have.
As a (former) librarian, I’m often asked to help find information on a variety of exercise- and medical-related topics. Although there is a lot of great information on the internet there is also a lot of garbage. (I won’t mention the weird stuff I found today….)
How can the average consumer figure out which is which?
I came across some great tips today on MedlinePlus that may help make separate the good stuff from the not-so-good.
Health Tip: Using the Web for Health Information: Make sure the information, source are sound
By Diana Kohnle (Monday, July 21, 2014)
(HealthDay News) — While the Internet can be a great source of health knowledge, it is important to make sure that you’re getting sound advice from a trusted source. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these guidelines:
Make sure the information was either written or medically reviewed by a doctor, or that the original source is clearly noted.
Look for reliable sources for statistics.
Make sure the information is factual, versus opinion.
Look for information that has been written or updated within the past year.
Sites run by government, university or nonprofit organizations tend to be reliable because they are not funded by companies that may have a conflict-of-interest.