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Straight Talk on Addressing Back Pain: Sit Straight

We’ve reported recently on potential causes of back pain. Today we offer a potential solution to address the issue before it begins: change the way you sit.

Men’s Health reports “Back pain—especially lower back pain—is no joke. According to the 2010 Global Burden of Disease Study, lower back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide. Costs associated with lower back pain in the United States exceed $100 billion.”

Indeed, a 2015 study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information looked at the issue.

The study, titled “Effect of a kneeling chair on lumbar curvature in patients with low back pain and healthy controls: A pilot study,” noted that “the concept of an ideal sitting posture is often used in practice but lacks a basis in evidence. We designed a cross-sectional, comparative, matched study to determine the effects of chair and posture on lumbar curvature in 10 patients with chronic non-specific low back pain (CLBP; mean pain duration 24 ± 18 months) and 10 healthy matched controls.”

The conclusion: “Although healthy subjects showed more reduction in lordosis between standing and sitting, the chair effect was found in both CLBP patients and healthy subjects.”

In other words, what your mother told you at the dinner table still has merit: Sit straight.