Nowadays, it is a big question, especially with more people working from home, due to the COVID pandemic.
The big thing for us is the movement. We need to keep moving, as this will prevent pain from building up. There is no link between any posture and the creation of back pain, regardless of how unhealthy a posture might look. We need to be able to bend our spines in every direction, so sitting in any individual position won’t necessarily cause pain, but failing will.
We’re big advocates of “active” sitting, which involves people learning to sit with a neutral spine. By neutral, we mean that your spine should be the same shape as when standing up tall.
The biggest hindrance to this is having knees too high relative to your hips, as this tips your pelvis backward and makes you curl your spine forwards to get your head back on top of your bottom.
So we like people sitting slightly higher, and learning to move their spine in every direction. This training is included in everyone’s therapy programs, and we also have some useful information about maintaining a healthy back when working from home.
It would take some practice, but we think it’s vital. You can still get pain in your back if you sit still like this for too long, but if you know how to move your spine around, give it a wiggle and a stretch, you’re going to feel better and experience excellent benefits for back pain relief.