Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Wrong Sitting Positions Can Create Back Problems

Back problems affect a significantly number of people in the population. Whether you are young or old, more and more people are having these problems like never before. There are a lot of factors that may contribute to this like age, diet and physical activity. But would you believe that how we sit affects back pains? The finding for this study is very important since we live in an age where most of the work being done are done sitting down. Whether you are an office clerk or CEO of a huge corporation, chances are you are sitting down more than 90 percent of the time in you daily work shift. Recent study has shown, radiologist have confirmed what ergonomists have long suspected that sitting upright is bad for you back. A new method of detecting this is the positional Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI scans of patients sitting and standing can demonstrate how gravity acts on the spine.

The study of the scans have shown that 90 degree sitting position, which most people consider normal, places unnecessary strain on the lower back curvature, causing disc to become squashed. A 135 degree body thigh position, like that of an adjustable recliner shows the least strain to the body. This is a big problem since most of us are sitting in the 90 degree position, or even worse slouching to an 85 or 80 degree angle especially while typing work in computers.

There are ways to relieve the pressure of back pains for us who work all day in the office. Buy ergonomic chairs, tables and even computer keyboards and mouse can relieve a lot of anxiety we fell as we sit all day. The sitting position, in which the hips need to be higher than the knees and the feet should be flat on the floor. Opening up the angle between your body and thighs is whats important to relieve back pains.



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