“Stand up straight!” Everyone has heard about the supposed importance of sitting or standing up straight. However, the relationship between posture and pain is more complicated than people realize.
If you take a look at all the existing research on posture and low back pain, you might be surprised to find that there is little evidence suggesting “poor posture” causes low back pain. Some studies have been able to find a correlation between the two while others have not. While there are many possibilities as to why no solid relationship has been found, I believe it is most likely due to the heterogeneity of low back pain. What that means is that two people coming in to the clinic for low back pain might have completely opposite presentations. An individual with an acute lumbar disc herniation might benefit from avoiding slumped positions while an somebody with a chronic case of spinal stenosis might get quite a bit of relief from that same slumped position. This highlights the importance of having your low back pain examined by a professional and not holding a particular posture just because popular opinion thinks you should.
If you don’t have low back pain, the best advice we can give is to switch postures frequently. The body likes variability and changing positions allows you to load different tissues all day long.
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