The Posture Theory PDF


What I would like the buyer of my products to consider

I invite intelligent members of the public to read this idea thoroughly, and to recognise it’s value, and to identify it as one of the best theories, and most useful ideas ever written.

When I discuss The Posture Theory with the people who I meet directly, the most common response is that it is the most logical idea that they have ever heard.

Others, who don’t understand the history of medicine and how many other ideas, particularly in the last 100 years, about the mind causing disease, which I have shown to be wrong, and yet they think that my idea now is just common sense that anyone could have thought of.

However, there are other people, who I have never met, and who don’t bother to read or understand the idea properly, or those who have some prejudice or bias, who want the public to believe that it is illogical nonsense.

Nevertheless, I have noticed, that many of them, after criticising me, have stolen bits and pieces of my ideas, and paraphrased them, or republished exactly the same ideas in different words, and are pretending that they got the information from somewhere else, or that it is their own idea. i.e. They obviously recognise its value, but for some reason or other, don’t want to admit that I produced it.

I would like the public to clearly recognise that I am the author of this idea, and the invention of the only standing desk that has had any significant value, and that my critics are wrong.
I have been developing this concept for more than 35 years, and my critics come and go like small and insignificant waves, smashing their heads on an island of granite in the middle of the ocean.

The Posture Theory

Poor posture places the head and shoulders forward of the spine and puts strain on the spinal joints and muscles, and in the long term causes neck and backaches, and arthritis and injuries to the spine.
Poor posture also puts the head and shoulders over and above the chest and abdomen where the weight presents downwards pressure on all of those structures.
For example, it puts pressure on the chest to cause tenderness, soreness, and occasional pains between the ribs on the lower left and right side.
It can also put strain on the muscles on the extreme left and right side of the chest, to cause occasional severe and painful muscle cramps in those areas.
It also puts pressure on the lungs and prevents them from moving upwards to the fullest extent during inhalation, so that the person does not get a full breath. Consequently their breathing is labored, and is generally more shallow and frequent than a person with a straight spine who sits in the upright position.
In the longer term it can cause changes in the efficiency and function of the breathing process and dispose to the occasional symptom of breathlessness.
Poor posture also compresses the air in the chest and impairs the flow of blood from the feet to the brain, which in turn leads to tiredness and poor concentration. In the longer term it puts strain on the blood vessels below the chest which weakens them and results in inefficient circulation and disposes to a reduced  energy levels, and a lower capacity for exertion.

It also puts pressure on the stomach, and can alter it’s shape and position, and impair digestion, and in the longer term dispose to stomach and abdominal pains.
Poor posture causes many other symptoms which have been summarised in The Posture Theory diagram, and can be seen in more detail in my essays and books, and in other parts of this website, and my previous one.

Why my critics had so much influence on the public

When I started there was no scientific evidence of any physical basis for the symptoms, and so, it was popular to believe that a physical basis did not exist, so the symptoms must be caused by mental problems.

That conclusion led to 100 years of theories which were published in countless research papers about three main possibilities.

That the symptoms were entirely imaginary (Hypochondria)

That the symptoms were due to lack of exercise or stress (Psychosomatic)

That they symptoms occurred because the subconscious mind was turning emotional problems into physical symptoms (Conversion disorders).

That led to many theories about how to treat them with various forms of psychotherapy.

Another Comment by my critics

They would say that many theories of that sort were around in the nineteenth century, but modern scientists have proven them all wrong. However nobody told me about such theories when I was young, and nobody had ever proven mine was wrong.

Another comment was that manual labourers spend all day leaning forward to lift up tons of bricks each day, and they don’t get the type of chest and other pains that office workers do, and they only lift up a biro, which is as light as a feather, so it is illogical to think that postural pressure could be the cause.

However my critics did not take into consideration the fact that the weight of the head and shoulders is significant and is moving toward a desk several hundred times a day, and that if there was a weakness anywhere in the chest or abdomen it could easily dispose to pain in office workers.

Why you should you buy my book

I hope you can now see why nobody else was ever likely to solve the medical mysteries involved and why it took me 23 years, and why I have continued to influence people for an additional 20 years where the standing desk industry, which was virtually non-existent in 1998, is now estimated to have a market value of six billion dollars per year, and is continuing to increase.

If you buy my book you will be able to see the true origin of the modern sit/stand desk revolution, and I hope you become one of my ardent supporters.


Thank you: Max Banfield – Banfield Research, Modbury, South Australia.