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What Is Posture?

What is posture?

The Oxford Dictionary defines Posture as “the position in which someone holds their body when sitting or standing.”

On the Cleveland Clinic website it is defined in this way: ”Posture is the position in which you hold your body while standing, sitting or lying down.”

You can search site after site and will find that, by far, most definitions of posture arise from the idea of a person holding their body in one position or other.

Alternatively, you can be find sources that might define and explain posture in ways more attuned to this…”Posture is the position of the body in space. It is an automatic and unconscious position.”(ACTA Biomedica: 2017; 88(1): 11–16. PMCID: PMC6166197 doi: 10.23750/abm.v88i1.5309)

Although I have found that posture is both a conscious and an unconscious activity. Posture is not something you largely DO. It is something that mostly just HAPPENS, (in either a beneficial or harmful way).

I think understanding posture in this way is important because if or when there arises the need or desire to change posture the solutions one might gravitate towards or accept as valid will be heavily dependent upon one’s concept of what it is in the first place.

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