Researchers at the Institute and Department of Psychiatry, Universidade de São Paulo have shown that good mood plays an important role in maintaining proper posture. Researchers analyzed postures of patients during depressive periods and after the treatment, and compared it to a control group of healthy individuals.

The comparison showed that patients suffering from depression had: increased head flexion, increased thoracic kyphosis, a trend toward left pelvic retroversion and abduction of the left scapula (see Fig. 1). During remission from depression, the posture of patients was similar to that of healthy people.

Researchers concluded that: “Patients with MDD (a.n. major depressive disorders) showed changes in body posture during their episodic depressive exacerbation and expressed dissatisfaction with their body image. These findings highlight the role of body posture and body image in the expression and communication of mood disorders and support the hypothesis that depression is related to impairments in both emotional and physical health domains. “

How can I use it?

To keep your posture healthy, work with your mind in the same way you work with your posture:

  • Get enough sleep and rest during the day,
  • Practice meditation or autogenic training
  • Get some fresh air in a park everyday
  • Find a hobby and meet with your friends!

Overall, remember to monitor your posture regularly and track its changes with APECS App.

Figure 1 


Sources: DOI: 10.1590/S1516-44462010000400010 · Source: PubMed

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