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Is There Such Thing As "Good Posture"? Part 2


You know what's good for you? A healthy lifestyle. You know what else is good for you? Good posture.

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Posture is a dynamic state that changes constantly, throughout the day. You're never just "standing" or "sitting." You're always moving from one position to the next, even if that movement is very small. And because of this, you can't treat postural disorders by just isolating posture from the locomotor system as if it was a static state unrelated to the musculoskeletal system—it doesn't work that way! Roaf (1978) defined posture as a temporary position assumed by the body in preparation for the next position. Therefore, static standing isn't really "posture."

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When working on posture correction, the purpose of physical exercise is to enable patients to stabilize themselves (developing strength and muscles endurance) (Solberg, 2008). A treatment is intended to improve bodily function as a whole entity and not to cure the isolated symptom of a specific problem alone. If you've ever tried to build a wall, you know that the mortar is what holds it together. If you only use bricks, the wall will fall. Posture therapy works the same way: exercises are important, and they can help improve your posture, but they're not enough on their own.

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If we want our patients' postural problems to be treated, we need to look at all aspects of their lives including their diet, exercise habits, sleep patterns, stress levels… basically everything!

Only a balanced combination and integration of therapeutic exercises, posture habits modification and movement patterns correction will yield results overtime.

Work Cited

📚 Solberg, D. G. (2008). Postural disorder and musculoskeletal dysfunction. Elsevier.

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