Of all the activities you might do, including bending over to pick something up (tsk, tsk,
tsk), sitting is the worst for your low back. The worst! Can you believe it??!?
Which of the following do you think might be the reason why?
If you guessed #11, you’re right!! But wait, I hear cries of “Hey! some of those are opposites. How can they both be true?” That’s a good question. Let me explain the answers.
1/2. Slouching curves our back into a forward C shape, but it naturally should have an S shape when viewed from the side. While in theory there’s nothing wrong with sitting up straight, most of us have a tendency to sit ram rod straight as if we’re in the armed services and sitting at attention. This tenses up all of the muscles that run the length of the back which may cause the “stay that way” result your mother used to warn you about. It can also cause our backs to become arched in the opposite way they should.
3/4/5. Chairs and chair backs can be extremely different from one another. Some have straight backs, some have a curved back that looks like a C, some have a chair back that is more S-shaped (these are usually called ergonomic and I’ll discuss them separately). Because our spines have a somewhat S-shaped curve when viewed from the side, if we use a straight back chair or a curved (C-shape) chair back, our natural curve is not supported. If we don’t use the chair back at all, we are usually either slouching or leaning forward, both of which puts our spine into a C shape.
6/7. Ergonomic chairs are not one size fits all; they can’t be because people come in all shapes and sizes. Some people have a short torso while others have a long torso and some of us are quite short overall and others very tall. For instance my husband (6ft 4 in) and I (5ft 2in) cannot use the same ergonomic chair. If the curves fit him, the low back curve goes partway into my mid back and the midback curve goes into my neck. It’s worse than no support because it pushes and pulls my mid and upper back curves in the wrong direction.
8. I hope this is self-explanatory
9/10. Either of these situations will cause your poorly postured legs to either push or pull your low back out of it’s proper curvature, which leads to nothing but pain.
How you can ease or prevent the pain
I would love to hear from you. Did you try one of the remedies/preventions? How did it work for you? Do you have a remedy or prevention that I didn’t mention? Please share that too. I love learning new things!!
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