With the dropping temperatures, we find ourselves spending more and more time indoors. This inevitably means more time in front of the computer screen, the television, or reading a book/magazine. And, unfortunately, most jobs today require people to spend a majority of time on the computer. The human body was not designed to sit extended periods of time. Improper posture can lead to or exacerbate back pain. Therefore, proper posture is a valuable component of preventing or managing back and neck pain.
In this month’s article, we will address sitting posture. Since most of us spend hours/day at a desk or computer, it is important that we minimize the stresses we place on our spine during this time.
There are 3 easy steps to find a good sitting posture – 1) sit at the end of your chair and slouch completely, 2) then draw yourself up and accentuate the curve in your low back, and 3) then release this position slightly (about 10 degrees).
Here’s how to achieve this position while sitting at your desk/computer:
in your low back. Your weight should be evenly distributed between your hips.
prevent straining your neck.
Most importantly, take frequent breaks. Get up every 20-30 minutes and walk around. If you are experiencing back or neck pain, try simply following the techniques outlined above. If your pain easily resolves, then the cause of your discomfort was postural in nature. If not, we recommend addressing your symptoms with your health care provider.
*** Please note: Article written by Erin Kethley, MPT