Seated Posture - Why Should We Care?

Today, we are going to look at the importance of posture while sitting and it's relationship to low-back pain. I think most people understand that poor postural patterns can lead to low-back/neck pain and there is significant research that supports these claims. In this blog, we will discuss in laymen’s terms why posture has such an impact on back/spine pain.

The average person bends forward 3,500 times a day and only over extends or bends backwards 100 times a day. That's a staggering 35:1 ratio of forward bending to backward bending. This large ratio of forward bending to back ward bending creates spinal loading asymmetries. As expected, these asymmetries lead to increase strain on the soft tissue and eventual pain manifestation.

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Many people ask, do we really bend forward 3,500 times a day? Yes, we do! Most forward bending will occur when we are in a seated position. Unfortunately, 86% of full-time working Americans sit for the majority of their working day.  When we sit in a poorly supported chair or let our posture "slouch" we are actually flexing the spine forward. To make matters worse, when we sit in a forward bent position for a long period of time, the static positioning causes a phenomenon called "creep" to occur to the disc. "Creep" is exactly what it sounds like - the disc material moves posteriorly as a result of the flexed spinal positioning.  "Creep" causing an asymmetry and increase tissue strain.

One can connect the dots that posture and our positioning has a huge influence on spine pain. Increased asymmetries cause increase strain and when done consistently will eventually overload the tissues and cause pain. A simple change in postural habits can have a huge impact on back pain.

If you have back pain, think about how many times your back flexes forward. I challenge you to lower your ratio of 35:1 (forward bending: backward bending), which is the first and easiest step to controlling your pain.

Try The Invertabelt today - it provides spinal support while seated at the exact segment your back needs support.  Take control of posture and take control of your pain!