"Bad Posture" Might not be so bad.
Updated: Jan 30, 2022
1. There is no single “correct” Posture. Despite common posture beliefs, there is no strong evidence that one optimal posture exist or that avoiding “incorrect” postures will prevent back pain.
2. Differences in postures are a fact of life. Here are natural variations in spinal curvatures, and there is no single spinal curvature strongly associated with pain. Pain should not be attributed to relatively “normal” variations in posture.
3. Posture reflects beliefs and mood. Posture can offer insights into a persons emotions, thoughts and body image. Some Postures are adopted as protective strategy and may reflect concerns regarding body vulnerability. Understanding reasons behind preferred postures can be useful.
4. It is safe to adopt more comfortable postures. Comfortable postures vary between individuals and situations. Exploring different postures including those frequently labeled as “bad” and changing habitual postures may provide some individuals relief from pain. The most important aspect of this is changing postures frequently and not staying in one position for too long of a period I.e. get up every 30-45 minutes and walk for 3 minutes.
5. The Spine is robust and can be trusted. The spine is a robust, adaptable structure capable of safely moving and loading in a variety of postures. Common
warnings to protect the spine are not necessary and lead
6. Sitting is not dangerous. Sitting down for more than 30 minutes in one position is not dangerous, nor should it always be avoided. However, moving and changing position can be helpful, and being physically active is important for your health.
7. One Size does not fit all. Postural and movement screening does not prevent pain in the workplace. Preferred lifting styles are influenced by the naturally varying spinal curvatures, and advice to adopt a specific posture is not evidenced based.