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Why You Can’t Get Comfortable Sitting

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Why You Can’t Get Comfortable Sitting

Does your back hurt? Do you feel stiff and uncomfortable all the time while in front of a computer screen for hours on end? Well, I’m not surprised! Your body is just trying to tell you that it would be healthier if we got out of our chairs from time to time. 

The best thing you can do to handle this is to get up and move around as often as you can. Movement is your medicine, and your body loves movement!

Nevertheless, if moving frequently isn’t possible, simply get up and move sometimes. One productive thing you can do while sitting comfortably on a desk or sofa is expanded your vocabulary of different ways for how you are able to sit and position yourself without discomfort.

As a general rule, poor posture is why most people can’t get comfortable when sitting.   Never slouch while seated. Be aware of your posture at all times while working. The lower pain in your back could be a lumbar sprain or muscle strain. Also, this may be related to medical conditions.

You’re not alone, really. People are usually uncomfortable sitting longer than 10  minutes without feeling achy and tired. Is it something about the same position every time, putting your weight on one cheek while taking the weight off the other? 

During my decades as a chiropractor, I’ve helped clients find relief even when they couldn’t even sit at the office desk! I’d like to share a few tips from my past experience with this topic, based on my long experience!

In this short and easy series of sitting positions and movements, you can find a more comfortable position while also being aware of how your body is positioned.

Start with Getting Your Chair Right

You should also take regular breaks to stretch your muscles and adjust your posture in addition to choosing a comfortable chair. For your chair to be comfortable, it’s important to get the height just right, to ensure that the armrests are on your desk, and to make sure the seat pan is shaped and angled appropriately.

Seat Height. It is important that you adjust your seat height as high as possible so that your feet can rest comfortably on the floor. One of the most important aspects of comfort is being able to regulate your seat height.  Replace your gas shock cylinder with one that is appropriate for your height if your seat doesn’t go high enough for your body type. 

  • Seat Depth and Width. If this seat is large enough, you’ll be able to rest comfortably on it. The back of your spine should be able to rest against the chair’s back while leaving two or three fingers between your knees and the back of the chair. 
  • Seat Tilt. Your hips should always be above your knees. Your weight is transferred from your spine to your core muscles when you sit this way. It’s not a problem at all if your chair doesn’t tilt forward – just buy a wedge cushion. When both their seat tilt and seat depth are adjusted on their office chairs, my patients find the greatest reduction in back pain!
  • Lumbar Support. Lumbar support is necessary, and it needs to be comfortable.  If your chair doesn’t have this feature, a small cushion or rolled towel will do.
  • Armrests. While sitting in your desk chair, keep your elbows at your sides.

Lower Back Pain – How to Prevent It

woman with low back pain

Taking proper care of your posture and sitting upright with your feet on the ground using the backrest will help prevent lower back pain when you’re sitting. In order to prevent lower back pain, lumbar supports can be invaluable because they enable your spine to maintain its natural curvature.  For the next four weeks, you should practice these two things to control your posture and pain.  These tips are simple but not easy:

  1. Always sit with hips above knees
  2. When standing, always keep your knees unlocked (always!).

Back Pain Caused by Sitting

man sitting with back pain

Back pain doesn’t happen all on its own. Sitting incorrectly for long periods of time is the leading cause, which places pressure on muscles and joints that causes inflammation in your back from excessive sitting or poor posture.

What Can I Do If I Cannot Sit Comfortably?

woman standing desk

Standing is a great alternative to sitting, but you have to do it the right way! Choosing the wrong position when standing can cause pressure to build up in your lower back.  Again, always remember to keep your knees unlocked while standing! 

If you stand with proper posture and distribute your weight evenly between both feet, standing should lower strain on your lumbar spine as compared to sitting. 

Standing desks are becoming increasingly popular with people who suffer from back pain. I do not believe standing can replace sitting. A chair never goes out of style, and trends come and go. 

Having a standing desk and working at it makes end-users more productive. Possibly, the improvement in productivity is due to improved circulation. However, just as with sitting, you can become sedentary as well if you stand for a long time. Standing desk users have increased neck and shoulder issues, which I have found to be evident.

Here’s my suggestion for standing desks: A standing desk is a great way to stay energized and on your feet! It’s best when you alternate between sitting, moving about, or even standing. Even if it means just getting up for twenty minutes every hour (though that would be ideal), regular movement can help us stop our minds from being complacent after too many hours of the same thing like we do at work sometimes.

How to Stop My Lower Back From Hurting When I Sit?

woman trying to sit with piriformis syndrome

The way you sit is vital to preventing your lower back from hurting when you are sitting down. Sit upright with your feet flat on the floor and make sure that because many chairs come equipped with built-in lumbar support which provides all-natural curvature of the spine! If your chair doesn’t have one, don’t worry; just find any old rolled-up towel at home and position them right behind where the small of your back – voila!

Why My Lower Back Pain Worse When Sitting

man with low back pain anatomy

The reason why lower back pain is so bad is that you’re not sitting correctly! Your bad posture can aggravate your pain even more if you don’t make some changes to how you position yourself while working on those computer screens all day long. Try using an ergonomic chair with lumbar support or standing up at work for a while instead of just sitting down again- that might help ease off the pressure on your muscles until they heal from their damage over time!

Also, an injured muscle or joint can lead to inflammation that contributes to lower back pain, which is then compounded by pain and discomfort. If you’re experiencing pain while sitting, it usually means you have poor posture, and that needs to be corrected if you want to alleviate it. Additionally, there are other causes of lower back pain, for which a chiropractor could assist and provide corrective actions.

Takeaway

When you’re in front of a computer all day, it’s easy to get into the habit of sitting for hours on end. Your body wants and needs movement- especially variability in movement. If your back hurts or feels stiff and uncomfortable when you sit too long at work, try getting up from your chair as often as possible during the day. For more ergonomic information that can help make this transition easier, visit our blog today!

 

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Dr Lawrence Woods DC

Dr Lawrence Woods DC

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My goal is to create the highest quality ergonomic office chairs and accessories for unmatched comfort.

With 30 years of spinal healthcare experience in Ireland as a chiropractor, I learned the value of high-quality sitting for living a happy and healthy life.

I have a Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College West and I am NBCE Physiotherapy certified.

 

Dr Lawrence Woods

My goal is to create the highest quality ergonomic office chairs and accessories for unmatched comfort.With 30 years of spinal healthcare experience as a chiropractor, I learned the value of high-quality sleep for living a happy and healthy life.I have a Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College West and am NBCE Physiotherapy certified.

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