Scientists have conducted several studies examining the relationship between posture and back pain. They tested whether “humpback” sitting or standing postures (such as arched or hunched over) were associated with back pain in a large group of teenagers and whether they could predict this in the future. Researchers found little evidence for this hypothesis.
So, there is no evidence that “good posture” alone can prevent or reduce back pain. The spine in humans comes in different shapes and sizes, so posture is very individual.
Scientists also noted that people are more vulnerable to back pain if:
- experiencing stress or bad mood
- bad sleep
- less active
A person is more likely to have continued back pain if:
- extreme anxiety and fear of back pain
- excessively protects the back and avoids movement, physical activity.