Journal of the New Zealand Medical Association, 05-November-2004, Vol 117 No 1205
The Power of Posture
Carol Armitage. Published by Random House NZ, 2003. ISBN: 1869415531.
This book sets out to convey easily understood information about posture, and techniques by which to manage or prevent problems arising from poor posture. It is written by an experienced physiotherapist and it includes ample illustrations and photographs to guide readers wanting to work through the exercises. The layout includes pleasant graphic design work in keeping with the sentiments of the book.
The content is coherently organised around various aspects of personal improvement. For the most part, these are physical and postural, although as suggested in the book title, it also extends into psychological aspects such as self-esteem, identity, and self-confidence. The early chapters include promising messages such that posture is an expression of personality and that on completion of exercises, the reader “will feel and look really beautiful anywhere and anytime” (page 51). Other mood altering suggestions include to “smile and wink at everyone you walk past” (page 52).
The book’s greater forte lies in the area of the very detailed and easily understood exercises and information good postural habits. The reader is given appropriately pitched lay-explanations about physiological mechanisms and lifestyle factors involved in poor posture, and a rich selection of remedial and preventative exercises. In general, the writing style is gently encouraging and supportive, placing emphasis on the experiences of women and their unique anatomic issues. Scientific evidence is clearly referred to and briefly explained in layman’s terms without interrupting the flow of the text. For those wanting to read more, a brief reference list is included.
The writer is appropriately cautious in telling readers that the book is not designed to diagnose serious conditions, and that any such concerns should be taken to other medical practitioners. In short, the book is likely to be a very valuable resource for physiotherapists as well as those situated in the self-help market.
Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences
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