Low back pain is an extremely common problem among office workers.

Prolonged sitting is thought to be associated with low back and buttock pain, and discomfort associated with sitting may even predict future low back pain.

Research has found that slouched sitting is correlated with low back pain. (If you love the technical deep dive, here is the biomechanics of things: slouched sitting may induce viscoelastic creep of spinal tissues, which may desensitize mechanoreceptors in spinal tissues, alter the joint sense, overload passive spinal structures and result in low back pain… -Phew!). Importantly, different sitting postures may affect this mechanism differently.

However, there are controversial findings regarding whether sitting duration or sitting postures are related to the initial development of low back pain. 

A new study found that sitting for a short while (20 minutes) did not affect a person’s low back mechanics and did not initiate symptoms.

Now, in the work-from-home era, who sits for only 20 minutes at a time. I mean c’mon..! So does that mean you’re home free? Not quite.

Maybe more to the point, if you take ‘microbreaks’ by repositioning (standing) frequently, you can stay ahead of the biomechanical changes associated with low back pain.

Wouldn’t it be better to manage you low back pain instead of having to recover from it?

If you’re suffering with back pain, or want to know what else you can do, simply book an appointment. We’re here to help!

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Wong AYL, Chan TPM, Chau AWM, Tung Cheung H, Kwan KCK, Lam AKH, Wong PYC, De Carvalho D. Do different sitting postures affect spinal biomechanics of asymptomatic individuals? Gait Posture. 2019 Jan;67:230-235.
De Carvalho, D. E., de Luca, K., Funabashi, M., Breen, A., Wong, A. Y., Johansson, M. S., … & Hartvigsen, J. (2020). Association of exposures to seated postures with immediate increases in back pain: a systematic review of studies with objectively measured sitting time. Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics43(1), 1-12.

Dr. Joel Weisberg

Dr. Joel Weisberg is the Clinic Director and Principal Doctor at Downsview Chiropractic The difference it makes to a patient when they learn, receive appropriate care, feel cared for, and are empowered to self-manage, is often bigger than the relief they were seeking. Dr. Weisberg is driven to make that difference to people in their pursuit of a life lived well™.

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