Sitting up straight – myth or fact? – ADOHTA 2021

Sitting up straight – myth or fact?

Dr JP Caneiro

Specialist Sports Physiotherapist, Title Pain Physiotherapist, Research Fellow part of NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence

Bad posture is often understood as the cause of spinal pain. What is good posture then? In this presentation, Dr Caneiro will present the current evidence about sitting posture, and how common beliefs about body posture and pain can influence our behaviour and the impact it may have in our daily life.


Dr JP Caneiro is a Specialist Sports Physiotherapist, Titled Pain Physiotherapist, and has a PhD in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. At Curtin University, JP is a research fellow part of a NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Hip and Knee osteoarthritis, and a multicenter trial for back pain. He also lectures in the Master of Clinical Physiotherapy. Clinically, JP focuses on the management of complex musculoskeletal pain presentations, working at Body Logic Physiotherapy in Perth. JP is an Associated Editor for the British Journal of Sports Medicine, and for two educational websites, Body in and JP is also in the scientific committee for the International Association for the Study of Pain. He has published several research papers and presented his work internationally. JP is committed to dispel myths about pain, and to translate scientific evidence into simple and clear messages about pain to the public.