Can bad posture cause swallowing problems?

Have you ever experienced difficulty in swallowing your food? Does the thought of choking on something while eating haunt you? You might not have considered this, but bad posture can be the culprit behind your choking woes. That’s right; poor body alignment is one of the significant aspects that hinder proper food intake.

What is Bad Posture?

Bad posture refers to an unhealthy position where certain body parts are misaligned from their standard stance. It results from careless sitting habits, sleeping positions, or even standing for extended periods with a wrong tilt.

Common Causes of Poor Body Alignment

Sitting Behind Desks
Using Mobile Phones and Tablets
Sleeping Positions
Carrying Bags on One Side
Lack Of Exercise

Usually people do not realize they have ‘bad’ posture until it starts impeding daily activities like driving or carrying luggage up stairs.

Swallowing Mechanism and Anatomy

Do you know how food travels from your mouth to your stomach? The esophageal region located at the back part of our throat has two muscles called sphincters- lower pharyngeal constrictor muscle (LPCM) and upper esophageal sphincter (UES). LPCM controls liquid passage while UES manages solid substances instead. Dysphagia occurs when dysfunction in these muscles result in improper transfer leading to resistance/choking sensation, coughing or temporal stopping.

Dysphagia- A medical term used for describing swallowing difficulties.

Now let’s talk about why bad posture leads to dysphagia:

Relation between Poor Posture and Swallowing Problems

Studies show that neck pain associated with a twisted or inclined head lead to changes in the electromyography pattern within larynx-constrictors impacting both regularity & strength recovery. Moreover someone holding round shoulders featuring forward extension develops reduced pharyngeal pressures while swallowing, resulting in weak esophageal sphincter relaxation & harm to UES competence

Electromyography- A diagnostic test used for evaluating muscle and nerve function.

UES Competence- Capability to open and allow food passage while closing again to protect the airway from any potential backward flow.

Thus maintaining a straight head posture can remarkably decrease this dysphagia incidence.

Want more convincing reasons? Let’s delve even deeper into other erratic body postures:


  1. Slouches lead to decreased chest excursion
  2. Limited abdominal expansion causes reduced intrathoracic pressure rise thereby reducing UEP opening efficiency
  3. Eradicates the gravity effect on pharyngeal transit time thus promoting bolus mallocation where bitter pill residue deposits end up blocking vocal folds called Aspiration
    4.Cervical flexion inhibits LPCM motion resulting in impeded liquid adaptation

UEP Opening Efficiency- Capacity of upper esophageal opening muscles to coordinate tension proportion required for easy swallow during hydrous changes.
LPCM Motion – Speed records of two essential muscular complexes (SCPUs) responsible for primary drive behind liquid transport needed in esophagus propulsion.

In simpler terms, bad posture such as slouching can negatively affect your breathing pattern, leading indirectly or directly towards choking on your meals.

Can Bad Posture be Fixed?

The good news is that poor body alignment isn’t a life sentence! Amending unhealthy postures not only aids against swallowing problems but also provides an array of other benefits like improving mood swings, enhancing blood circulation etceteraetcetera. Small tweaks in desk configurations/standing positions along with daily workouts such as yoga exercises improve muscles related near the spine region increasing personal flexibility levels and calming joint pains which might induce specific sitting postural elements eg; hyperextension

Etcetra Etcetra- This British phrase represents indicating or implying that there are other unnamed things, events, or possibilities in your speech.

Yoga for Better Posture & Swallowing

  1. Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
  2. Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana) and Child’s pose
    3.Pigeon-toed Forward Bend (Uttanasana)

Yoga as a mind body exercise simultaneously works physical elements with calming muscle fatigue which compliments healthy body functions such as enhancing swallowing

Ergonomic Office Chair

Provides Support to Your Lower Back
Maintains Neutral Spine Angle
Reduces Shoulder Fatigue/Pressure Points
Stimulate Movement And Muscle Activity

A more comfortable workspace assists in maintaining an upright posture at extended sitting durations by preventing any back fatigue leading to better drainage motion of esophagus allowing easy food passage.


In conclusion bad posture isn’t the cause for every effort related to dysphagia but certainly features prominently accompanied by consequences detrimental effects reminiscent of food choking episodes. As rampant desk jobs continue growth worldwide ergonomics will play a paramount role within productivity spheres focusing on human resource development over time proactively endorsing beneficial long-term natural maintainable fettle habits not only reducing incidence levels associated with swallowing-related impediments but also ensuring boost financial development trends globally.

Sources: None Required – This article was generated using OpenAI’s GPT-3 language model through AI Writer

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