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Posted by Richard Record on 5 April 2018 | Comments

Why you should sit up straight

Remember when your Mother used to say things like 'Eat all your vegetables', 'Don't forget to clean your teeth' and let's not forget 'Sit up straight'.

So many people today work in inactive jobs that require them to sit for most of the working day, whether you are sat at a desk or driving long distances, or even sat in the evening after a long day at the office watching television to unwind. Good posture is vital to your spinal health as poor postural habits are a leading contributor to back pain.

Checking your posture

Take a look at your sitting right at this moment...

  • Does the chair you're sitting in provide enough lumbar support? Does the backrest fit into the natural curve of your spine?
  • Are your buttocks, back and shoulders up against the backrest of the chair?
  • Are your shoulders relaxed and even, not hunched in a forward position?
  • Are your feet flat on the floor with your knees at a 90 degrees angle?
  • Are your knees level with or slightly higher than your hips?
  • Is your body weight equally distributed across both hips?

If you answered 'No' to any of those questions, you are probably applying undue stress on your spine, this will eventually cause back pain. 

Change how you sitting

Keep in mind sitting for any longer than 40 minutes in the same position is not a good idea.

Take the time to stand up and stretch your back and legs or take a short walk periodically or you could even go for a walk on your lunch break.

Pro-longed slouching affects the discs between the vertebrae and may cause them to bulge or become herniated.

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