Minimize Stress to Your Back When Sitting

Published:  08/09/2013

Stresses develop during sitting that become a problem if they are not reduced. For example, when sitting slouched the spinal ligaments and discs become stressed. Full flexion that occurs during slouched sitting increases disc annulus stresses; this posture has produced disc herniations in the lab (e.g., Wilder et al., 1988).

There are two ways you can minimize the stress. One is to make frequent posture change. Changing lumbar postures causes a movement of the loads from one tissue to another.

Stand up out of the chair, reach for the ceiling, then reach your hands towards the ceiling , and then fully and deeply inhale. This process should take about thirty seconds. Gentle and progressive extension of the lumbar spine is achieved relieving the accumulated stresses.

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