What is the right sitting posture?
In the previous article on posture, we discussed basics of a right sitting posture. This article will focus on the neutral joint position while sitting and cues to correct them. Now days, majority of people spend their time at work or home, sitting in front of a computer. We tend to ignore the fact that human being was evolved to be active, to walk, to run and not sit for 8+hours at a desk. A plethora of problems arises from prolonged sitting and also the way we sit. Health conditions can range from chronic neck and low back pain, fatigue, increased risk of cardiovascular, metabolic disorders and many more.
Interestingly many people are aware of these facts but they find it hard to do anything about it. It’s surely not that feasible or practical to just change your line/type of work. However, there are ways to reduce the impact of sitting on the body. The most common sitting posture mistakes we encounter at work are slouched posture, forward head, resting to one side and bad work station ergonomics. There are more if we look down further at the position of feet which can lead to poor blood flow and knee joint pain.
Common Sitting posture mistakes
- Forward head posture
- Neck rotated (commonly seen in people working on two screens and also if the screen is kept on the side)
- Hunched back
- Protracted shoulders
- Arms kept too far from the body
- Forearms not resting on the table
- Side bending or listing at back (tends to happen when people rest to one side – specially on the opposite side of hand using mouse)
- Posterior pelvic tilt ( which forces the spine to hunch)
- Sitting forward (buttocks not close to back rest)
- Crossing of legs
- Knees excessively bend and feet kept under the chair either straight or crossed
- Feet kept far from the body
- Sitting for prolonged hours without regular breaks and enough movement