It is definitely necessary to learn the best posture for sitting at a desk. A lot of jobs require us to work on a desk for about 8 to 9 hours and it isn’t always possible to get up and stay active. We all know sitting for long periods of time can lead to back and neck pain. The culprit is usually prolonged, sedentary posture.
A good sitting posture involves training our body to sit in a position where there is the least strain on your muscles and ligaments, and at the same time supported by the right amount of muscle tension while seated for a period of time.
Correct sitting posture can help by:
Sitting with a poor posture, places strain on the spine and associated ligaments, and cause misalignments to the spine. Most of the back pain sufferer will admit their posture is less than ideal. Over time and repetition, the structures deform and surrounding muscles are forced to compensate, leading to chronic pain conditions.
To prevent bad posture and back health we should avoid:
Having learnt this process, it is natural to assume sitting up straight will solve the problem. However, research has shown that sitting up right at 90 degrees causes the most spinal disc deviation, meaning the most strain is felt when perfectly straight. In fact, the least spinal disc deviation is found to be seated with a slight tilt backwards, and that is the sitting posture we should employ.
Thus, when working at a desk for long periods, a person can help improve their sitting posture by:
By knowing what a good sitting posture looks like and following a few simple rules, most people can learn how to self-correct and thus achieve good posture. Making additional lifestyle changes, such as doing a good amount of various exercises and taking movement breaks throughout the day, can also help.
A person with poor posture can correct it with time, awareness, and commitment. It can take weeks to months for some people to see significant benefits from working on their posture. Once a person has improved their posture they will need to work at maintaining it, so they may often have to remind themselves to recognize unhealthy positions and correct them. Always remember that once you are in the correct sitting position, try doing a mental check every 10 to 15 minutes to see if the posture has altered and then correct any changes.
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