Hunching over could hurt your mood

It's pretty clear that hunching over can be bad for your back, yet many of us do it without realizing it. A bad arc to the back can hurt in multiple places, including not just the upper and lower back, but the neck as well. That's why it's important to be aware of your position, even when you're deeply engrossed at work. Holding a bad pose has all sorts of possible negative effects, some of which can be psychological.

Slouching or facing down may actually have a negative impact on your mood, according to some, and that's all the more reason to stay upright. According to the abstract for a Health Psychology study dated for last June, a group of 74 subjects was given one of two different postures to hold. The study noted a link between those who stayed upright with higher self-esteem and better mood, among other benefits.

Aside from mood, there may be other psychological perks of keeping a straight back. Ohio State University professor Richard Petty spoke to Fast Company about this last year, mentioning the mental impacts of using strong posture.

"The brain has an area that reflects confidence, but once that area is triggered it doesn't matter exactly how it's triggered," Petty said. "It can be difficult to distinguish real confidence from confidence that comes from just standing up straight … these things go both ways just like happiness leads to smiling, but also smiling leads to happiness."

Because of this, you might want to visit a chiropractor for help with more than just your posture. While it's not good to assume too much, a medical professional can help you distinguish actual scientific benefits from mere rumors.