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5 Reasons Why Sitting is Uncomfortable

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5 Most Common Reasons Why Sitting is Uncomfortable

The point of sitting in a chair is to have something that will make you comfortable. But, what happens when it’s not? Do you find yourself feeling uncomfortable as the day drags on and your back aches from slumping over at work all day long because there was no support for your posture? I’ve got some great tips to help relieve this issue! 

As a general rule, sitting is uncomfortable due to poor posture and prolonged sitting. In addition to causing poor circulation, nerve entrapment, and muscle deterioration, sitting is unhealthy for our bodies. Sitting too long puts more strain on the body. The human body is built to move and stand.

In my experience as a chiropractor, ergonomic adviser, and ergonomic designer, getting comfortable while sitting is one of the largest obstacles during the day. If you are looking for comfort while sitting, this article will be extremely helpful.  You will see five possible causes behind your symptoms and later in this article you will learn straightforward tips to ensure comfort while sitting.

The 5 Possible Reasons Why You Sit Uncomfortably

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You can avoid high blood pressure by walking,  standing or even stretching. As a result of sitting, your blood pressure can rise, damaging your arteries. The effects of high blood pressure can harm not only the nerves, but also cause heart disease, heart failure, or stroke. 

Poor Circulation

When you sit for a prolonged period of time, your body’s circulation will deteriorate. As circulation slows in the legs and feet from sitting, less blood flows into the body overall. 

Pinched Nerves

When you sit too long or have bad posture, you can get pinched nerves. A disc herniation usually causes pinched nerves in the lower back. You may also feel them in your neck, shoulders, or arms, depending on your posture. When you have a pinched nerve, you may experience pins and needles or burning sensations. 

Muscle Degeneration  

Nerve pain, including peripheral neuropathy, is common to cause muscle loss. Muscle loss occurs when the body is restricted from moving due to prolonged sitting. There are some people who may experience partial or complete muscle loss. Make sure your legs are moving. Remember, movement is always the best medicine!

Diabetic Neuropathy

Maintaining healthy blood sugar is important to prevent long periods of sitting-related nerve pain. Maintaining a healthy blood sugar level is easier if you eat properly and exercise regularly. It is equally important, however, to watch how long you sit. 


How to Sit Comfortably

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  • Every 20 minutes, try to move around.  
  • It is advisable to have lumbar support.  
  • You should be able to walk on a flat surface.
  • You should have higher hips than knees
  • It may also be possible to increase the width of your chair. Ergonomic chairs usually have adjustable depths.
  • Alternating between sitting and standing can help relieve symptoms. 


Features of A Comfortable Chair

Adjustable Height

A seat that can be adjusted in height. The gas shock may need to be replaced if the chair cannot be lowered or raised.


A forward tilt is a vital feature of a comfortable chair. A wedge will be necessary for chairs without this feature. It should be thick enough that your hips stay above your knees.

Correct seat depth

You should ensure you have the correct seat depth. The more surface area there is, the fewer pressure points there are. With two to three fingers, separate the knees from the seat edge.

Back Support

Support is provided for the back.  Ergonomic chairs should always support the lower back. When the lumbar spine is not supported for a long period, it curves inward. Consequently, your posture begins to slouch and lower back pain occurs.

What If I Don’t Have These Chair Features?

You won’t believe how easy it is! An adjustable wedge can be used to better align the upper body and legs. Moreover, the cushions push the pelvis forward and pull the spine inward. As a result, you will feel more stable, reduce spinal stress, and sit upright without overdoing your joints or discs.

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Your Posture Wedge Cushion must have these features for comfort:

  • Natural Latex Foam is the ultimate choice. In terms of comfort, resilience, and alignment, natural latex is the best, bar none!
  • Double-layering the tex foam is recommended. Double-cushioned seats are padded and cushioned  to relieve pressure and provide support
  • Clearly, it’s shaped. In order to maintain good posture, wedge cushions create ergonomic contours for your lower back. 
  • The angle of tilt. An 8-13 degree slope
  • Foam-based layer. Foam foundation (plus 96 kilograms per square meter)
  • It has a foam top. The top layer of the cushion is made up of comfort foam (much softer than latex foam).
  • Memory foam should not be used.  As memory foam generally does not have the necessary back support, I cannot recommend them.  Unlike memory foam, which bottoms out, traps heat and contains toxic chemicals, latex, which is made from tree sap, has greater springiness (resilient).

Why Does Sitting Too Long Hurt My Bum?

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When the gluteal muscles and hip flexors lengthen and tighten when living a sedentary lifestyle, there is soreness and tightness. Consequently, you need to avoid sitting in the same place for too long. Take a walk and practice and try some gentle stretching.

What Causes My Stomach to Hurt When I Sit Down?

An obstruction in your gastrointestinal system might cause you to feel pressure in your stomach or abdomen. In the case of constipation, a person hasn’t had a bowel movement for some time or is having trouble passing a bowel movement. Dehydration can lead to constipation.


It’s time to face the facts. Sitting in a chair for long periods of time isn’t comfortable at all, and it can have detrimental effects on your back over time if you don’t take action. We know that sitting is unavoidable during work hours, so we want to help make this process as painless (or non-painful) as possible with our ergonomic tips! For the most useful guidance on ergonomic information visit our blog here.

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Dr Lawrence Woods DC

Dr Lawrence Woods DC


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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