If you have low back pain, you are not alone. I have had jobs that have had a negative impact on my back from standing too long, sitting too long or jumping too much. Most Americans have had to suffer through this at one time or another.
“About 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes,” according to the National Institutes of Health.
If you feel like your back pain affects your productivity, you are probably right. “It is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work days.”
Gotta Hunch You Shouldn’t Slouch?
Whether you sit or stand, focusing on your posture will help you to create better balance.
“When standing, keep your weight balanced on your feet. Don't slouch. To promote good posture when sitting, choose a chair that allows you to rest both feet flat on the floor while keeping your knees level with your hips,” The Mayo Clinic says,.
According to Health.com, “Hunching over a computer is a leading reason why four in five women end up with crippling back pain at some point in their lives.”
So why does slouching hurt?
“When sitting in an office chair for a long period, the natural tendency for most people is to slouch over or slouch down in the chair, and this posture can overstretch the spinal ligaments and strain the discs and surrounding structures in the spine. Over time, incorrect sitting posture can damage spinal structures and contribute to or worsen back pain,” explains Spine-Health.com.
I like to support my back with a lumbar specific pillow from my chiropractor. Spine-Health.com suggests, sitting all the way towards the back of your chair with a pillow or cushion supporting the natural arch in your lower back.
For Your Eyes Only
Where you gaze is also important. I make sure my computer screen is at eye level. Spine-Health.com explains how this is done.
“Close your eyes while sitting comfortably with your head facing forward. Slowly open your eyes. Your gaze should be aimed at the center of your computer screen.