Sitting & Lower Back Pain
Prolonged sitting and the imbalances it creates is a major root cause of most cases of lower back pain.
The more you sit, the more your body adapts to being in this position. Do this long term and we have a recipe for disaster, plain and simple
A few things that happen when we sit over time:
🔹Hips: The hips get notoriously stiff when they are placed at around 90 degrees and kept there for long periods. The hip flexor musculature develops a lot of excess tones and the hip itself gets used to being in the same position over time. People are often missing huge chunks of hip mobility if they sit prolonged and don’t address it. Hip extension, hip rotation, and hip abduction restrictions will lead to the low back trying to jump in and help out too much.
🔹Thoracic spine: The mid and upper back is usually placed in a rounded position with the shoulders protracted forward (computer posture). Over time, people often develop tons of stiffness in this region. If you are missing significant mobility at your mid and upper back, your lower back must help out in a variety of different movements as well.
The better your body gets at sitting, the worse it gets at standing. The body is an adaptation machine, which can be good or bad depending on what you do with it. Expose it to a variety of positions and movements on a regular basis to prevent losing mobility and setting yourself up for problems.
If you have an office job and can’t get moving on a regular basis, ask our friendly team for some simple stretches and exercises you can do while in the office to keep your hips and spine flexible.