Slouching puts stress on your lower back. Slumping or slouching on its own may not cause low back pain. But after the back has been strained or injured, bad posture can make pain worse. When you sit, keep your shoulders back and down, chin back, belly in, and your lower back supported. Your spine should be in the neutral position, with three general front-to-back curves. Use proper sitting posture.
It this sitting position causes pain, talk to your doctor or physical therapist. You may have a condition such as a problem with a disc or with bones in your back.
To rise from a chair, keep your back in the neutral position and scoot forward to the edge of the chair. Use your leg muscles to stand up without leaning forward at the waist.
If you spend a lot of time sitting, get up, move around, and stretch frequently. Consider varying your seating arrangement:
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Joan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
Current as ofAugust 11, 2014
Current as of: August 11, 2014
Author: Healthwise Staff
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