Is your posture causing your back pain?

Spending the last year mostly inside has meant a lot of us have been sitting down more than ever before.  I’ve seen an increase in the number of people through my door for physio appointments, and attending my classes reporting their backs, shoulders, and necks have been feeling sore.  This has mostly been due to inactivity, or working from home at the dining room table.

One of the most common things I hear from my clients is “I’m sure it’s my fault because I sit with such ‘bad’ posture”.  But did you know there is no optimal posture that exists?  Remember we are all individuals, built in different ways!  So what is a good (or optimal) posture for one of us isn’t necessarily best for everyone.

And I bet that if I challenged you to sit up straight all day your pain would be worse than if you stayed in your normal ‘bad’ posture.  Chances are you’d be dying to adopt a nice comfy slouched position a few hours in!

So next time your back, neck, or shoulders start to ache from sitting still, try changing position, or some gentle movement to ease those pains! I’ve made a short video you can try as a break from work, and to give you ideas of how to stretch out & change position without leaving your desk.  You can view it by clicking here.

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