Low Back Problems When Sitting

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Low Back Problems When Sitting

January 17, 2013

Most of us who work at an office, any type of office, will spend a lot of time sitting. The average working day is about eight hours and it is not too farfetched to imagine a person sitting for the entire duration. Many of us only get up only a few times during this eight hour stretch but otherwise it is safe to assume that we are I a seated position all the time. There are two factors that decide if you will experience intense and unbearable pain when you reach home at the end of the day.

  • Sitting Posture
  • Choice Of Chair

Sitting Posture

While it is impossible to separate the input provided by the chair towards lower back pain when sitting, is simply convenient to think of these topics separately for now. A person should sit in such a way so as to not let a single part of the back experience the most amount of pressure. The back is made up of a collection of muscles and bones. The sitting posture should be comfortable for every part of the body, and only then will a person not experience any pain.

Take a simple example where the posture of a person is such that his arms aren’t resting fully on the arm rests of the chair. While this is fine for a few minutes, after a while pressure will begin to build at the shoulder joints as well as the wrists which are resting on the desk. Think of the arm as a lever and you will see that with this scenario, the entire weight of the arm is being balanced by the shoulder joints and wrists. If this posture is not fixed right away, the pressure being built up at the shoulder joints will eventually travel to the back muscles.

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 Choice Of Chair

In the above example about pain build up at the shoulder joints and eventually at the back muscles, we simply assumed that the chair and desk being used is perfect. However, what if this is not the case? What if the arms rest aren’t tall enough to support the arms of the person sitting on that chair? Even if the person makes a conscious effort to maintain a good sitting posture, the chair must complement that. The arms rest must be adjustable enough to allow for the person to rest the arms in a way that is comfortable and painless.

All of us work on computers and that means we are constantly reaching out for the desk. The desk is where we will find the keyboard, mouse, office related documents and so on. The furniture design must be conducive to your work movements. If you find yourself constantly changing your sitting posture to simply type or write something on the desk that is another opportunity for pain. Such poor design is like a glorious invitation for lower back pain when sitting.

The choice of the sitting posture and the furniture such as chairs and desk must completed each other for a pain free sitting experience.