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Are you sitting comfortably?

September 4, 2016

 

….or does it take a while to get moving after you’ve sat in your favourite chair for an evening? One piece of advice I am regularly offering to patients is to avoid slouching when relaxing or recovering from an episode of back pain. Those familiar nags from parents or teachers to ‘sit up straight’, or ‘stop slouching’ may have been pushed to the back of our minds - it feels so much more comfortable to relax, slouched in that comfy, soft sofa or armchair, so why does it matter? Well, it may not matter for a couple of evenings, but over time it can have a huge detrimental effect on your spinal health. The natural curves of the spine form an ‘S’ shape, and help to distribute mechanical stresses both in movement and at rest.  So taking up the ‘slouch’ position on the sofa may feel restful to you, but to your spine it is an unwanted extra workout, causing joints to be overloaded and placing ligaments and tendons under strain.

Once it has been injured the spine needs you to give it the best chance for recovery. Please avoid the sagging springs of an old armchair, it will not support you. As well as chiropractic adjustments to restore joint mobility and release muscle tension, please go home and sit on your bottom, I bet it beats any cushion!  

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