Does posture matter?

February 13, 2013

I have this conversation A LOT.  The mainstream personal training industry is seemingly obsessed with corrective exercise, and too much so in my view.  Yes, there’s there’s a body of trainers who write crappy, injury inducing programmes, but they’re the other extreme (or are they??).

I’m not saying it’s not important, I’m just suggesting that posture and corrective exercise might not be as big of a deal for most (pain free) people as these chipper folk might lead us to believe.  Overall, I think there’s an argument that there’s too much physiotherapy based influence on the fitness industry, but that’s for another day.

A friend of mine sent me a link to this this week and asked me what I thought

This was me email response…..

“I’m on the side of the writer for the most part.  Other than those in pain, my experience is that a healthy dose of movement and good nutrition, and the health, vitality and confidence (I think psychology is huge for many when talking posture) that these bring with them seem to do wonders for ‘posture’.  We (I) don’t often see great outcomes when people attack posture itself.  A focus on better movement quality and increased strength (specifically in under-utilised areas) seems to do the trick.   Thats my two pence worth!”

…..which pretty much sums up my view.

I’m all for rehab with those who need it, but I think we spend too much time intellectualising about how people should look when they stand still, when quite frankly we should be more concerned with a) getting them moving, and b) what they look like when they actually move.

To quote a well known phrase (can’t remember who to attribute it to),  ‘rehab is training, training is rehab’. Caveat: assuming the programme writer knows what they’re up to.