Did your mom tell you to stand up straight when you were a kid?
Well mom was onto something there. Typically, poor posture is related to lack of exercise (or improper exercise), incorrect body mechanics, prolonged sitting or standing (especially on poor flooring or with poor footwear), a sedentary lifestyle, muscular imbalances and/or lack of flexibility. Other reasons include medical conditions and injuries. Poor posture can even occur due to stress (think how your shoulders and neck tense up when you are stressed…it impacts your posture).