Are you already feeling the effects of returning to days at a desk or hours spent driving to client appointments?
If you can’t avoid being deskbound in the workplace, the next best thing is learning to sit in a way that protects your spine and prevents back and neck pain. Here’s a quick sitting tutorial to set you up for a pain-free work year.
Most of us automatically sit in a ‘C’ shape (shoulders rolled forward and pelvis tucked under), which compromises spine health and can lead to dreaded back pain often seen by our physios and chiropractors.
First, untuck your pelvis. When you sit, bend at the hips and imagine you have a piece of string from your tailbone out behind you with someone gently pulling it. Your large leg muscles should relax and allow the tailbone to naturally untuck. Be careful not to forcefully arch your back and stick your tailbone out as this will strain low back muscles.
Uncurl your shoulders without either sticking your chest forward or arching your back to ‘push’ back your shoulders. It should be a ‘relaxing’ rather than a forceful effort. It’s a good lesson to teach the kids for school too.
Activities such as yoga and Pilates see our group therapeutic yoga and clinical Pilates can help retrain the body towards optimal seated posture.