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Why is sitting hurting your back?

| By Dr Alexandra Byers (Chiropractor)

You are probably aware by now that too much sitting is bad for you, but do you know why it’s such a pain in the back?

There are a few key factors that may contribute to your back hurting whilst you’re relaxing in your chair.

Take the time to read and reflect on these pointers, and give the strategies a go!

  • Your low back is rounding out in the chair:
    • Try rolling up a towel and placing it in the arch of your low back
  • Your upper back is bent over your desk:
    • Pull your shoulders and head back. Move your mouse and keyboard closer
  • Your knees sit lower than your hips:
    • Either lower your seat or use a foot rest to get your knees at parallel height to your hips
  • Your legs are crossed
    • Uncross them…
  • You are sitting on one buttock more that the other
    • Sit on both buttocks evenly
  • Your printer is too far away that you have to twist and lean to reach
    • Move your printer or other devices closer OR move them further away so you actually have to get up out of your chair to get them.
  • You are sitting for too long!
    • Stand every 30min. Put a timer or reminder on your computer. Stand up, put your hands on your hips and stretch your upper body back, chest out for a moment. Walk around for a minute and then sit back down.

If you are experiencing low back pain or want to talk about how you can avoid low back pain in the future, book an assessment at the clinic today!

 

I’d also love to hear if any of these helped you or someone you know. Please don’t hesitate to comment or get in touch with me directly.

To get rid of your pain and live a better life – Book in with a Chiropractor today!

Dr Alexandra Byers (Chiropractor)

 

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