In a study, 295 physiotherapists were shown nine different pictures of 17 people with different sitting positions. The therapists were asked to choose which one represented the perfect posture. It turned out that 85% of the therapists chose one of two pictures.
The selection even varied between different countries. The authors conclude that there is no consitent agreement on the perfect posture. (O’Sullivan et al., 2012)
In 2010, Ledermann compiled scientific results that investigated a connection between pain and posture. His conclusion:
“The studies show a lack of association between work-related postures and low back pain. These postures include, for example, prolonged standing, bending, twisting, awkward postures, sitting (kneeling or squatting) at work, during prolonged work, and during leisure time”Lederman, 2010: large summary of scientific results
Christensen and Hartvigsen (2008) also concluded in their meta-analysis that there is no relationship between spinal straightening and low back pain.
In another study, the posture of the cervical spine was examined more closely in pain-free subjects. A correlation was found between age and the change in posture. Accordingly, there is a natural age-specific change in posture, which is absolutely not pathological. (Chen et al. 2017)
Postural changes are also age-related.
Whether posture can influence pain is again another question. If one already has back pain, there are different studies that show that
If you remember, you too have certainly seize most of the postures in life. And these postures were not always automatically painful. It may be that you currently hold a posture and feel pain. However, this will not be the
However, what happens if you adopt a single posture and maintain it for 12 hours? Surely, even then, you will experience some kind of discomfort. This leads us to conclude that a
Therefore: The next posture is the best posture!
So alternate your posture, but don’t worry too much about posture.
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