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Does Posture Matter?

This page lists all 13 updates for one article on, Does Posture Matter? For a more general summary of everything new around PainScience — recent updates for all articles, new articles, blog posts, and new study summaries, see What’s New on

  1. Oct 6, 2021 — Science update — Cited Richards, a study with a delightfully counter-intuitive result, and extremely helpful to the thesis of this article.
  2. Mar 23, 2021 — Added links — Added six reading recommendations, all with mini-reviews.
  3. Sep 11, 2019 — Science update, risks of poor posture — Added some badly needed substantiation of my story that awkward postures can sometimes directly trigger episodes of body pain.
  4. Aug 30, 2019 — Editing — Many minor improvements throughout the article.
  5. Dec 3, 2018 — Science update — Updated referencing and footnotes about “power posing.”
  6. Aug 2, 2018 — Revision — Widespread editing related to the distinction between poor postural and postural challenge or stress. The section dedicated to that difference was completely re-written, but many other changes were made, mostly to the first few sections where I define my terms. I’ve also corrected the systematic misuse of the term “strain” when I meant “stress” (a technical but important distinction).
  7. May 1, 2017 — Science update — Added citation to good evidence of embodied psychological changes caused by non-verbal expansiveness.
  8. Jan 30, 2017 — Science update — Added a paragraph about the lack of association between a hunched upper back and shoulder or back pain, with a couple good citations.
  9. Oct 31, 2016 — Summarized — Added a smartphone-only article summary.
  10. May 17, 2016 — Correction — A helpful reader pointed out that a 2010 study of “power poses” may not be very good science. Revised accordingly, and made a few other changes.
  11. May 12, 2016 — Science update — Added citation about “text neck.”
  12. May 29, 2013 — New section —
  13. Feb 11, 2013 — Major new version — An all new article, really: almost nothing untouched.