Is Posture a Science?

Posture check

Photo credit: Belle Beth Cooper

I came across an interesting article on Twitter the other day discussing the “Science of Posture.

Being a “posture guy,” you KNOW I had to check it out! It’s an excellent read, and I suggest you check it out as well.

The author, Belle Beth Cooper, gave some really cool stats and mentioned some very in-depth, interesting studies that all link better posture to improved mood, increased confidence and an overall regulating of hormone levels.

If we stop and think about it, all of those make perfect sense. We at Egoscue believe that every system of the body is dependent on the posture. Whether you’re dealing with musculoskeletal pain, erratic blood pressure, asthma, infertility or hormone levels that are all over the charts, we believe there is one major common denominator linking all of these things together: posture. Put simply, you’re only as “good” (or healthy) as your posture.

Cooper states there is no “one way” to improve one’s posture and there hasn’t been a lot of research into how to adopt good posture. While that might be true, I will say that there is “one way” that’s been around longer than the rest: The Egoscue Method. Pete Egoscue was the first. He was the leader, the trailblazer. He was the first one to come out and say that your knee pain is connected to your shoulder pain, and your lack of energy, and your digestive issues. He was also, therefore, the first to get laughed at for making those claims. Fortunately, everyone is starting to listen, and the term “posture” is everywhere you look. Folks are starting to catch up, and what Pete has been saying for over 40 years is now becoming mainstream.

But, having good posture goes far beyond just listening to your mother yell “Sit up straight!” for the 47th time this week. Good posture is your inherent design. Your blueprint. Your birthright.

You see, you’re designed to sit up straight (without having to hear your mom yell at you! Woo hoo!). You’re designed to walk, stand, golf, garden and much, much more, all while maintaining postural integrity.

The design of the body is perfect. Unfortunately, we’ve really compromised that design over the years. We’ve stopped moving, we aren’t fueling it properly, and the warning signals are blaring. We are in more pain, sicker, and more overweight than we’ve ever been. Something has got to change.

That’s why I love seeing articles like Ms. Cooper’s. We need more of them, and, thankfully, we’re seeing more of them. The general public needs to continually be educated about the benefits of returning the body to its designed position. When folks start doing that, they’ll thank themselves for it.

Ms. Cooper, if you’d like to give Egoscue a try, let me know. I think you’ll be amazed at how quickly your body adopts good posture!

QUESTION: Aside from eliminating your pain, what other symptoms (and systems) have you impacted by doing Egoscue?