Chronic back pain is an alarming health problem in the US, as reported by a study conducted by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), Their study suggests that around 80% of the US population experience lower back pain. This issue isn’t only limited to the US but is prevalent worldwide, particularly among office workers. Traditional sitting postures, especially those found in office chairs, often contribute to back pain and discomfort.

I've talked extensively about sitting posture in the past. This time I wanted to talk about one of the common misconceptions that I’ve seen in the ergonomics field and that is: sitting in a reclined position is harmful for your back. There’s a lot of mixed opinions regarding the benefits of reclined sitting. Have you tried recommending this to your clients? This position not only promotes comfort but also helps mitigate the adverse effects associated with prolonged sitting. In today’s episode, we’ll explore the reasons why sitting reclined might be better for your client’s back health than you think. 

Here’s a glimpse of what the studies reveal:

→ [04:23] - Sitting in a reclined position offers a great alternative.

→ [07:39] - Sitting reclined is similar to a standing position.

→ [10:37] - The spine muscles are less fatigued when in a reclined position.

→ [13:50] - Reclined sitting has less pressure on the spine.

Listen in on this week’s brand-new episode here.

Articles mentioned in this episode:

  1.  Ergonomics of posture—Review of various problems of standing and sitting posture
  2.  An epidemiological study of the relationship between occupations and acute herniated lumbar intervertebral discs

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