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Time to question ‘Sitting Up Straight’

Posted on 2nd August 2019 by

Posture is a frequent topic of discussion for patients, clinicians, the media, and society.

A commonly held belief is that back and neck pain is caused by sitting, standing, or bending “incorrectly.” Despite the absence of strong evidence to support these common beliefs, a large posture industry has flourished, with many interventions and products claiming to “correct” posture and prevent pain. 

Here’s a fantastic infographic that summarises some of the latest findings surrounding posture and the best principles to be aware of.

Posture Back Pain goPhysio

It’s certainly a task to undo all the years or messages that were sent along the lines of………

“Lift carefully”

“Watch your back!”

“You’ve got terrible posture”

Sound familiar? Hopefully in time these new messages will reassure people that they don’t have to be wary of or afraid to use their back or adopt certain positions. That they don’t have to be so worried about their posture or what ‘perfect’ should be.

Your body is amazing – it’s strong, adaptable and capable of great things!



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