This page is one of a series on understanding and improving your posture. Posture is the position the body adopts in response to the effects of gravity. It is the way you hold yourself in sitting, standing or lying down.
'Good' posture allows movement with the least amount of strain and damage. 'Good' posture is sometimes described as 'back straight, shoulders back and tummy in'. In many respects this posture is good, but posture is about more than sitting or standing as straight as possible. Normally your body adopts many different postures in order to do different tasks and moving into different positions during the day helps the body to remain flexible.
It is better to think of 'good' posture as a position in which you:
- feel safe and well balanced
- are able to do everyday tasks easily
- are doing the least amount of damage to your body
Posture only becomes 'bad' when it causes harm to your body or stops you doing everyday things. This may happen if you:
- hold one position for a long time
- feel unbalanced and have to use effort to stay upright
- find that stiff muscles make it easier to sit or stand in a bad posture, which makes the problem worse
Our other articles in this collection will help you find out more about good and bad posture, how your core muscles affect your posture, and check and improve your own posture. We also have a list of useful links relating to posture, so you can explore this issue in more detail and find exercises or support to help you.
MS symptoms that can cause poor posture
There are a number of MS symptoms that can make it harder to maintain a good position. These can come on gradually without you noticing. A physiotherapist will be able to assist you in assessing these issues in more detail and helping with your specific problems.
Core muscles and your posture
The core muscles in your abdomen are vital for good posture. We look at the core muscles and how they contribute to your posture.
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Last updated: May 2018
Last reviewed: May 2018
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