"Sit up straight" something we have all heard at least once in our life, but how important could this little piece of advice really be? Very. The positioning of your spine is an extremely influential factor when it comes to the health of your neck and back. Poor posture can create abnormal spine alignment and result in years of problems.
Over time poor posture while sitting will cause the spinal discs to wear down and lose their ability to cushion and absorb the impacts and strains of day to day life. The discs will then begin bulging out from their natural position(hence the term bulging disc) putting pressure on nerves that run throughout the spine. This results in pain in the arms and legs, muscle spasms, tingling in extremities, and a host of other symptoms. One of the worst activities to have improper posture during is sitting. If you slouch while sitting the pressure on your spine is 90% higher than standing. Slouching overextends the spinal ligaments surrounding the spine and nerves, back muscles are overstretched, and blood supply is interrupted.
However, sitting even in a correct posture increases the pressure on your spine versus standing by 40%. Sitting for extended periods of time will lead to back pain and will exacerbate any existing back problems. Getting up during the day and standing up will take pressure off your spine. When you sit back down you want to make sure to use proper posture by sitting straight. In order to ensure you stay sitting in the proper position you should put all monitors on your desk at a height where you don't need to bend your neck down to view them. You should also invest in a stand for all paperwork you may read while at work or at home.
If you are a victim of improper posture and experience back or neck pain as a result please call 1-800-FIX-MY-BACK(1-800-349-6922) and a patient services representative will help set you on the path to a pain free life.