Posture

Definition - What does Posture mean?

Posture, quite simply, is the manner in which you hold your body whether sitting or standing. A person does not have to stand rigidly straight as in a military position to have good posture. It should occur naturally when standing. The back is straight; the head is level; the shoulders are relaxed; and the feet are slightly apart for good balance. When sitting in a chair, the back should also be straight and the head is level. The shoulders will be relaxed and the feet are flat on the floor. Someone is the workplace with poor posture could be inviting unwanted illnesses or aches and pains that often result in higher health care costs and more work absences. A poor posture can also be indicative of a stress or mental problem.

WorkplaceTesting explains Posture

Proper posture is essential for the body’s internal organs to work efficiently. While it may seem like leaning over or rounding the shoulders will help with fatigue, this is a misconception. The correct posture really energizes the body. It takes more energy to move muscles that are not in alignment than it does those in straight support.


Repeated poor posture can cause problems with the spine later on down the road. It can be a contributor to vertebra degeneration. There are many things in life that can cause a person to have poor posture. Nearly all of them are correctable with a little work and time. Sometimes a slip and fall or other kind of accident can leave the individual with temporary poor posture. Obesity is a huge contributor in people of all ages. Distribution of excess weight can put stress on muscles and have the individual moving less often.


There are external factors such as ergonomics that can be taken into consideration. The person’s work chair may be too high or too low. Their chair or sofa at home offers no support or their mattress needs replaced. By providing good ergonomicly designed workstations, employers can reduce poor posture and its effect on productivity and worker health.

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