What is the correct posture? What causes pain?
When I meet my patients, the question they often ask is “what is the correct posture?”. Looking back, it seems that most of us have never been educated on proper posture in our more than 12 years of compulsory education.
As everyone knows, the cause of the pain can be split into two parts: an internal factor caused by increased muscle fatigue due to incorrect posture (normal, sleeping, exercise, etc.) and an external factor caused by an external influence. Since the pain caused by external influence is a part that anyone can understand, I will proceed to explain the pain caused by internal factors.
During many diagnoses of patients who suffer from pain, it can be observed that the shape of these bones is deformed. In general, many people have an ‘I’ shape, and some people have an inverted ‘C’ shape.
If you look at the standing posture, if there is a slight tension in the lower abdomen without extending the shoulders and chest, and without protruding the chin forward, it becomes the correct posture. It is now important to maintain this upright posture while walking, right?
The sitting posture is similar. Once your hips are pressed against the backrest and your shoulders and chest are wide open, your lumbar spine will naturally form a ‘C’ shape. Once again, it is important to maintain that posture from now on, right? However, if many people sit like this and look at a book or monitor screen with their heads down, their necks will not be straight. So, don’t just drop your head as your whole body should move together.
Ph.D. Jang, Hosung