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As a musician, I've had a fair amount of tuition on posture. One in particular, who was teaching Alexander Technique said that bad posture could cause seemingly unrelated complaints, as slouching causes extra pressure on the internal organs, interferes with breathing etc.

I can find evidence that good posture helps with back pain, but not for any other problems. Is there any evidence that bad posture can cause other problems?

  • Good point, although I'm referring to the effects of bad posture, not with any related activity. – fredley Mar 26 '11 at 10:33
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    Bad typing posture can lead to neck and wrist problems I believe Just looking at your monitor wrong can cause neck pain.. – Akash Mar 26 '11 at 13:28
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    Well, if you are hanged by your hands you risk death by suffocation - does that count as bad posture? ;-) – Sklivvz Mar 26 '11 at 13:53
  • If this were pedants.stackexchange.com you might have a point... – fredley Mar 26 '11 at 15:22
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Posture seems to be connected to the likelihood of injury in sports. (Journal of Orthopedic Sports Physical Therapy

Posture can also affect whether food/drink is swallowed or aspirated. (American Journal of Roentgenology)

Posture is related to fatigue for a person who is standing for a long period of time. (Surgical Endoscopy) (Incidentally, I can back this up with personal experience -- I teach, and the better my posture, the less tired and achy I am after a day of teaching. However, I figured I'd give the research first, since one person's experience isn't enough data for scientific evaluation.)

Posture can tell you a lot about the attitude, status, and interest of the person you're talking with. (Psychological Bulletin)

Good posture can also affect motivation, stress, and mood. (Motivation and Emotion)

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