Sitting Properly is Key to a Healthy Spine

Sitting Person

If you had to guess how much sitting you will do in your lifetime, what would you say? A few years? A decade’s worth? You might be surprised to hear that the average person will sit for a total of about 31 years throughout the course of his or her life. So if we spend so much time sitting, we should make an effort to do so properly for the sake of our health and posture.

“Bad” Sitting

When we sit, most of us tend to slouch over time. Our pelvis shifts backwards, which causes our back to do so as well. This misaligns the spine and puts up to 40 percent more pressure on it. In addition to the low back, the upper back takes the heat from poor posture. Hunching at the shoulders can tweak the neck out of place and cause subluxations in the cervical spine.

“Good” Sitting

The first step to improving your sitting posture is to put an emphasis on proper shoulder placement. Usually, we let our shoulders shift forward, pulling the spine from the proper “S” curve into a misaligned mess. Think about engaging the core muscles, and maintaining a straight head position. Sometimes it can help to put a rolled up towel or small pillow at the base of the back, as that almost forces you to sit up straighter.

The Long Run

Taking these small steps can have a big impact on back health in the future. In addition, regular chiropractic care can remove the subluxations and help you distribute your weight appropriately so no single part of the spine takes on added stress. Chiropractic adjustment also helps you avoid muscle strain from poor spinal alignment and slouching. As 80 percent of us will experience back pain in our lives, taking the time to focus on good posture can reduce your risk of injury and damage.

 

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Story Credit: Life-Saver: Sit properly and upright by Manila Bulletin

Photo Credit: Sitting Person by Simon Gotz. Used under a Creative Commons license.

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