Perfect Posture: Brighton Chiropractor Exposes the Myth

We’ve all heard the importance of good posture, but what does this mean exactly? Read on to find out the truth about the most common posture-related myths out there. 

Myth: Most People Have Bad Posture

You might have heard that bad posture is a common problem, or even that sitting in a hunched position can ‘crush internal organs’. In reality, very few people have posture so bad that it needs correcting. In fact, there is no ideal posture as it is so changeable – how we sit and stand varies depending on our mood, environment and even body temperature. However, if you find it difficult to stand up straight without pain, you should seek advice from a chiropractor or physiotherapist. 

MYTH: Bad posture gives you wrinkles and affects your facial features

You may have heard on social media that bad posture contributes to a double chin, a poorly defined jawline and even wrinkles. This is not true. Posture has nothing to do with the shape of your chin or jaw, and wrinkles are a natural part of ageing, caused by a combination of loss of collagen and accumulative sun damage.

MYTH: Sitting at a desk gives you bad posture

This is a more complicated one! Holding any position for a long time without moving is bound to contribute to back, neck and shoulder pain and create a hunched posture. People are usually sitting at desks when this happens. As long as you make time every thirty minutes to move around and stretch, being stuck at a desk shouldn’t affect your posture too much. In a nutshell, bad posture refers to any position that you’ve held for a long time without exercise. If you’d like to know more about this, read our blog post, How To Beat The ‘Sitting Epidemic’

MYTH: A ‘posture corrector’ can help get rid of back and neck pain

A posture corrector is a device that reminds you to sit up straighter, often fixed to the back of your collar, that beeps or vibrates when you start to slouch. Many people turn to them in the hopes that a posture corrector will remind them to sit up straighter and therefore help relieve back pain. While it’s a good idea to move regularly and mimimise slouching if you work at a desk, there’s no real advantage to a posture corrector and it isn’t a sustainable way to improve back pain. We suggest setting an alarm every thirty minutes to remind you to get out of your seat and stretch.   

MYTH: Back braces improve your posture.

While back braces can be helpful in the short term if they have been suggested by a healthcare professional, relying on something external to maintain your posture can result in your muscular system losing its efficiency and can create more problems than it solves. It’s best to only use back braces for a short period of time for certain activities, on the advice of a chiropractor or physiotherapist. 

Remember that perfect posture isn’t necessarily a path to back pain relief – regular movement and stretching is. If you’re suffering from back pain, book an appointment at one of our Brighton clinics. We’re always happy to help you.