Slouching doesn’t impact your spine — it affects your memory

Researchers say there’s no backbone to the argument that slouching is bad for your spine.

However, data suggests that slouching can impact your memory, CNN reported. 

The outlet cited several studies stating that there’s no evidence of a cause and effect of slouching and spinal pain and there also isn’t hard proof that slouchers have more back and neck pain than people who don’t slouch. 

Slouching doesn't impact your spine.
Slouching doesn’t impact your spine. Andrey Popov –

Researchers also say there isn’t evidence that slouching while working at a desk or while staring at a smartphone can damage the spine. Standing is also no better for the spine than sitting. 

If you have back or neck pain, experts advise people to sit in more comfortable positions and avoid sitting in ways that flex or arch the back or neck. Shifting positions throughout the day to get more movement can also make you feel more comfortable. Researchers say if you’re uncomfortable other factors can be at play but it isn’t your spine, which is designed to withstand a lot. 

Slouching can affect your memory.
Slouching can affect your memory. Antonioguillem –

Researchers cited studies saying that if you have back pain it may have more to do with lack of exercise, stress, and a history of back pain. 

Impact on memory 

Studies have shown that people who slouch have less memory recall and lower mood than people who sit up straight.

However, a 2017 study found that when people slouch they are more able to recall negative memories and are more depressed overall.

People who sat up straight actually saw both their information recall and mood improve.