As if we needed another reason to maintain proper posture in our daily lives, a recent study has brought us one more: A team of researchers in Japan have discovered that the shape of a person’s spinal column may predict their risk of disability (ie. the likelihood that they will need assistance to accomplish everyday tasks) in old age.

The Huffington Post breaks down the study: It appears “that the trunk angle of inclination – or ‘the angle between the true vertical and a straight line from the first thoracic vertebra to the first sacral vertebra’ – is linked to whether or not one will require help with bathing, feeding, dressing, going to the bathroom and other activities of daily living (ADL)”.

This data was taken from a study of 804 people aged 65 and older. “The subjects with the greatest angle of spinal inclination were 3.47 times more likely to become dependent in ADL than those with the least spinal inclination.”

While there are genetic factors and posture does typically change with age, the important thing to keep in mind here is that correcting and maintaining proper posture early on can help one live a happier and more independent lifestyle years later. One way to do that is to regularly use a BackJoy® Posture+ while sitting for long stretches of time – ie. at the office, at home, and/or in the car. Our signature Posture+ is safe and easy to use, and also conveniently portable. For more information, head over to BackJoy.com.

imgresAnd while you’re reading up on the Posture+, you may want to check out our Posture Sleep Pillow as well – because The Huffington Post ends its article on posture with this: “Also linked to the likelihood that one will wind up in a nursing home or assisted living facility is a good night’s sleep. According to a study in 2012, fragmented sleep is associated with a greater risk of being placed in a nursing home or in a personal care home.”

Click here to read the entire article – and you’ll see why we at BackJoy are dedicated to changing the way the world sits, stands, and sleeps.

By Liana Orenstein