Intricate correlation between body posture, personality trait and incidence of body pain: a cross-referential study report

PLoS One. 2012;7(5):e37450. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0037450. Epub 2012 May 18.

Abstract

Objective: Occupational back pain is a disorder that commonly affects the working population, resulting in disability, health-care utilization, and a heavy socioeconomic burden. Although the etiology of occupational pain remains largely unsolved, anecdotal evidence exists for the contribution of personality and posture to long-term pain management, pointing to a direct contribution of the mind-body axis. In the current study, we have conducted an extensive evaluation into the relationships between posture and personality.

Method: We have sampled a random population of 100 subjects (50 men and 50 women) in the age range of 13-82 years based on their personality and biomechanical profiles. All subjects were French-Canadian, living in Canada between the Québec and Sorel-Tracy areas. The Biotonix analyses and report were used on the subjects being tested in order to distinguish postural deviations. Personality was determined by using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator questionnaire.

Results: We establish a correlation between ideal and kyphosis-lordosis postures and extraverted personalities. Conversely, our studies establish a correlative relationship between flat back and sway-back postures with introverted personalities.

Conclusion: Overall, our studies establish a novel correlative relationship between personality, posture and pain.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Back Pain / epidemiology*
  • Back Pain / etiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Health / statistics & numerical data
  • Personality / physiology*
  • Posture / physiology*
  • Quebec / epidemiology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires