fbpx

Attitude

Posture is a fraught topic where many health professionals still differ in opinion. Improving posture is often part of the treatment. It is also often pointed out as a reason for the occurrence of complaints or injuries. Entire methods and treatment plans have been developed to improve this "wrong" posture. But is this really the case? In recent years, a great deal of research has been published on the role of posture in the development of complaints.

We're going to go over the most important ones with you:

1. The perfect posture does not exist!

There is no evidence that one posture is better than another when it comes to preventing symptoms. The best posture is the next posture. Adjusting your natural way of sitting is likely to cause more complaints. It is especially important that you alternate a lot between different postures whenever possible. It is not about a particular posture that is not good for you. The lack of movement, however, can cause complaints. Just hold a ballpoint pen above your head for 8 hours. In itself nothing wrong with this position but it will cause a tired and unpleasant feeling in the shoulder girdle. Compare this with your back or neck during a long day at the office. Nothing wrong with a certain sitting position but sitting for 8 hours at a stretch becomes a problem.

2. A hollow or convex back is not the reason for your symptoms.

There is research where people are followed for a long time. This shows that people with a slightly different position of the spine, a concave or convex position of the back, develop no more or less complaints than a control group. A hollow or curved position of your back is never directly the reason for your pain.

3. Attitude and self-confidence.

An active, proud attitude is a booster for your self-confidence. A study conducted in America investigated the role of posture during simple arithmetic. Students who were anxious showed a hunched posture. And had less confidence in a good outcome of this test. This hunched posture caused students to think less effectively. When they were asked to sit up straight, they were more confident and scored better on the test. Posture not only affects how others think of us but also how you think of yourself! Self-confidence doesn't just come from thoughts about yourself but also comes from the attitude you have.

4. The best posture is a fine posture.

A comfortable posture is very dependent on the individual. So try not to teach yourself anything that doesn't feel natural. See what works for you. Explore different postures see what works for you!

5. Your back is not a fragile block.

Your spine is extremely strong and can be safely loaded in different angles and positions. Warnings to lift with a certain posture, for example, are not necessary and can cause unnecessary anxiety.

6. Sitting is not the new smoking.

Smoking and sitting are not even remotely similar. Clearly, a lack of exercise brings no benefits. But sitting is unnecessarily demonized. Smoking is unhealthy, sitting is not!

It's easier to sit down a lot these days. We take the car a lot, we have office functions and we easily plop down on the couch in the evening. There is no advice on maximum sitting time. However, sufficient exercise can easily compensate for prolonged sitting. So find a good balance. 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity exercise is sufficient. More is always allowed but this is a good guideline to start with. Walking and cycling are also included.

7. A posture analysis doesn't make sense.

Adjustments to your desk, for example, are unnecessary and do not prevent complaints. The advice to sit or lift in a certain way at work has no added value. The way you prefer to lift something or to sit is determined by the natural curvature of your own spine. So this is different for every person. Do not fall for this!

In conclusion, your back is strong, can adapt well and is not a block box that needs to be neatly aligned. When trying to explain pain symptoms we need to look much less at the influence of posture, we need to start focusing more on factors such as exercise, training, stress management and sleep. Also, health professionals need to become more aware of the language they use when treating or counseling their clients. Your back is not crooked, is not fragile and in 99% of all cases is fine as it is.

Make an appointment

Other blogs in this category

Dealing with groin pain

Groin pain can have a variety of causes. This is because different structures can all cause pain in the groin. Some structures cause localized pain others are the result of radiating pain from another region of the body. Also.

Training with hyperextensions and integrating them into your training program

What is hyperextension and what do you apply it for?When you want to build strength or muscle mass in your glutes and hamstrings, people often go for a romanian deadlift or cable exercise. The hyperextension is often not the first choice. Shame! Because a study from 2021...

Allon Melchers 3 Tips for losing weight

3 Tips for Losing Weight Nutrition is a difficult term to understand. It encompasses many different factors, each of which affects how our bodies react to it. Some people want to lose weight and feel like they've done everything they can without...

Sprained ankle - inversion trauma

Sprained ankle or inversion trauma Almost everyone has gone through their ankle at one time or another. In most cases, the ankle folds inward. This movement of the ankle is called inversion. Hence the name inversion trauma. The symptoms are...

Sleep & work performance

You have probably experienced it. Those days when you doubt whether you'll get through the day after a bad night. Lack of sleep seriously affects the quality, effectiveness and creativity of your work. And when you are in charge it can...

Promote muscle recovery with your diet

By: Romy and Lieke - Fit female academy Within 30 minutes drinking a protein shake for optimal muscle recovery and maximum protein eating? We think this really fits under the heading of "Bro science". We'd be happy to explain what you can do to strengthen your muscles and...

Behind the neck press, right or wrong?

The shoulder press behind the neck press is an exercise that has been used in the gym since the early years of bodybuilding. In recent years, however, a trend has emerged around this exercise in which it is claimed that it can...

Load vs. Tolerance

In our previous blog we explained that anatomical variation such as a leg length difference, the position of your pelvis or the curvature of your back in most cases is not as important as most people (and therapists) think. Consider that more than 85% of...

Vertebrae out of alignment? Leg length differences? A back that is too hollow or too convex?

Within physiotherapy we often see that the cause of lower back pain is often explained by wear and tear and aging on the one hand and on the other hand by our posture or the position of the spine. Leg length difference? One of the best known examples is a leg length...

Heel spur - plantar fasciitis

A heel spur is an inflammation of the tendon plate of the foot that often occurs in men and women between the ages of 40 and 60. We often see that someone with heel spur complaints has started to do more sport (think of running) or has started to wear other shoes. Because of the pain, it can...
Sign up for our newsletter

Sign up for our newsletter

Receive our latest blogs every month!

Thank you for your subscription. You will now receive our monthly newsletter.