Detailed guides to painful problems, treatments & more


 •  • by Paul Ingraham
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Weekly nuggets of pain science news and insight, usually 100-300 words, with the occasional longer post. The blog is the “director’s commentary” on the core content of a library of major articles and books about common painful problems and popular treatments. See the blog archives or updates for the whole site.

“Posturology” is the cheesy, popular term for the mostly made-up “discipline” of studying the relationship between posture and pain, and even diseases. Posturologists (I can barely write that with a straight face) tend to assume their own conclusion: they just take it for granted that poor posture does cause pain and then look for confirmation. And so there are many, many scientific papers that seem to present evidence of a connection between posture and pain, but most of them suck (see Guimond et al for a good example) and “posturology” is mostly a slummy pseudoscientific research backwater. There may actually be something to learn, if only posturology research was better quality, but most of it has to be just chucked or at least taken with a huge grain of salt.