Backache is one of the leading causes of employees missing work around the world. It is well known that sitting for long periods of time can lead to back and shoulder pain. Most of the back pain sufferer will admit their posture is less than ideal, and believe the magic fix is to wear a brace and be perfectly straight. It is all too common to hear “slouching is bad for your back, you should sit up straight.” BUT, there is such a thing as too straight.
Sitting with a poor posture, places strain on the spine and associated ligaments, and cause misalignments to the spine. Over time and repetition, the structures deform and surrounding muscles are forced to compensate, leading to chronic pain conditions. With knowledge of this process, it is natural to assume sitting up straight will solve the problem. However, research has shown that sitting up right at 90 degrees causes the most spinal disc deviation, meaning the most strain is felt when perfectly straight. In fact, the least spinal disc deviation is when a person is seated with a slight tilt backwards.
Furthermore, spinal movement is necessary to help rejuvenate spinal disc. Without movement (wearing a brace), the pressure is held in the same place and can cause wear and tear.
Thus, ideally people should sit:
with back supported
slight tilt back
feet on the floor
take regular breaks
Consult a Chiropractor about your back pain and have an individual treatment plan designed for your recovery.