One Thing You Must Know if You Work at a Desk (Save Your Back!)

Mar 13, 2024 | Spine, Wellness | 0 comments |

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Desk work and back pain go hand in hand, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you want to improve your sitting posture, fix your back pain, and learn how to have a healthier spine when working at your desk develop good sitting habits, and you’ll save yourself a lot of pain down the road.
We’ve all heard the basic ergonomic ideas before, so I’m not going to talk about having your feet hit the floor and placing your keyboard at a comfortable height.
Instead, I want to zoom in on one very important detail: what’s actually hitting the seat.
When we slouch, we roll our pelvis backwards and end up sitting on our tailbone (leftmost posture in the image above). Our tailbones are delicate and not designed to bear weight like this.
Not only is this bad for the tailbone, but it can cause misalignment of the sacro-iliac joints (where the tailbone meets the pelvis), and from there, cause a chain reaction of discomfort all the way up the spine.
Then you realize “Whoops, I’m slouching again,” and sit up straight… Except you over-correct, and end up tightening your low back in a hyperlordotic curve (middle posture in the image above). Now that’s a whole other kind of back pain.
Instead, let’s find an in-between, the perfect balance where the pelvis is not tilted forwards or backwards but balanced on its points.
The pelvis has two big bumps on the bottom, called ischial tuberosities, ischium, or simply, the sits-bones. These bumps are designed to hold your weight safely, unlike your tailbone.
Practice sitting on your sits-bones, and your low back will thank you.
Want more tips?
Me and my colleague Tseten can work on your back problems, teaching you how to sort out your pain and learn to stay in health.

Fastest way to book with us: by phone or Whatsapp 07455250006 or by email info@romenendezphysio.com.

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