Proper Posture Circa 1947

May is National Posture Awareness Month.  As part of our month long celebration, I thought you'd all enjoy the following animation on posture circa 1947.  

Clipped from the film "Modern Guide to Health", this short film was produced by the British Government was created to advise the public on a range of health topics, one of which included the benefits of good posture.    

Interestingly in 1947, the Posture Committee of the American Academy of Orthapaedic Surgeons stated the following about Posture:

"Posture is defined as the relative arrangement of the parts of the body.

Good posture is that state of muscular and skeletal balance which protects the supporting structures of the body against injury or progressive deformity irrespective of the attitude (erect, lying, squatting, stooping) in which these structures are working or resting. Under such conditions the muscles will function most efficiently and the optimum positions are afforded for the thoracic and abdominal organs.

Poor posture is a faulty relationship of the various parts of the body, which produces increased strain on the supporting structures and in which there is less efficient balance of the body over its base of support. Postural faults can give rise to discomfort, pain or disability. The range of effect from discomfort to incapacitating disability is related to the severity and persistence of the faults."

Highlights from the Modern Guide to Health film clip:

  • Bad posture can make you ill
  • Slumping over can cause headache, backache and fatigue
  • Good posture practices like sitting up and standing straight and tall makes one feel better
  • The skeleteon is a framwork of bones that protects the vital organs of the body.  It is strong, gives support and is jointed to allow for movement.  
  • Bad posture puts strain on bone and muscle, and constricts breathing and digestion 
  • Good posture gives the body a chance to do it's normal function without strain, allows the lungs to take in the maximum amount of air, and the digestive organs to do their work properly

Sure sounds like the 8 Laws of Physical Health that we teach and help implement back into our client's lives to relieve pain, improve posture and enhance athletic performance.

It's now 65 years after that film was first produced.  It's interesting to see that somehow we've not learned this vital lesson.  The first rule of health is Good Posture!

How's your posture?  

We'd love to hear your thoughts on this film clip, and any questions/concerns your might have about the benefits of Posture Alignment Therapy.