Posture Fact 1. There is no single “correct” posture
despite common posture beliefs there is no strong evidence that one optimal posture exists or that avoiding “incorrect” postures will prevent back pain.
Posture Fact 2. Differences in posture are a fact of life
There 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.
Posture Fact 3. Posture reflects beliefs and mood
Posture can offer insights into a person’s emotions, thoughts and body image. Some postures are adopted as a protective strategy and may reflect concerns regarding body vulnerability. Understanding the reasons behind preferred postures can be useful.
Posture Fact 4. It is safe to adopt more comfortable postures
Comfortable postures vary between individuals. Exploring different postures including those frequently avoided and changing habitual postures may provide symptom relief.
Posture Fact 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 can contribute to fear of movement.
Posture Fact 6. Sitting is not dangerous
Sitting down for more than 30mins in one position is not dangerous, nor should it always be avoided. however, moving and changing positions can be helpful, and being physically active is important for all aspects of your overall health and wellbeing.
Posture Fact 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 or simply bracing the core is not the best strategy for everyone.