“Posture” refers to the position of a person’s body when sitting or standing (Oxford dictionary). Standing up tall and sitting with a straight back are important practices because keeping a good posture helps keep the components of your spine in line and reduces the stress placed on your spine. By making the simple adjustments of keeping a good posture, you are reducing your risk of developing a spine condition that could result in chronic pain and limited mobility.
Definition of “good posture”
You may have been told to keep good posture throughout your life, but do you have a full understanding of what the term “good posture” means?
Good posture is considered to keep the body parts aligned with neighboring body parts. For example, when standing, you should be able to draw a line from your ear, through the shoulder, hip, knee and ankle because all of the body parts would be in line with each other. When sitting, you should be able to draw a line from the ear lobe, through the shoulder and to the hip.