Sitting Tips for Back Pain. Don’t Sit in a Swayback!

Hey guys, what’s up?

We’re just doing some sitting tips here and Robin’s head has been chopped off but I want you to see her feet. What we’re going to do is go over a quick sitting tip. One of the biggest questions that I get as a therapist, is how do I sit when I’m having back pain?

One of the common things we see is that people sit with their back swayed are very arched in a position like this. We see this very frequently. And what happens with people if they try to tilt back like this, they go way too far back and they end up slouching or they end up using the wrong muscles.

Now go back forward a little bit. What I’m going to talk about are two things. I want the hips slightly above the knees and I want the feet and ankles slightly in front of the knees.

So bring the feet slightly forward a little bit. That’s good. And then what we’re going to do is you take an inhale and you’re going to relax. As you exhale, instead of thinking about where your back is, think about a very gentle push into your feet.

And you’re pushing particularly into your heels and from the back of your leg. So push into your feet and notice how pushing on your feet changes the position to make sure you use your core a little bit differently and relax. And push into your feet and relax.

The idea of pushing into the feet, with the feet slightly in front of the knees, and the knees slightly below the hips, allows a good proper position, a better neutral spine and allows you to get out of your hip flexors.

But it’s one of the most common things we see is people sit in that real big sway forward that way. Especially when they’re leaning into the computer or leaning into the car. And so by pushing into the feet, we’re flattening that out a little bit into again, a better neutral position. So I just want to share that with you all today.

Again, a very common thing we see and one of the most common questions I get. Any questions give us a call at 5122154227.

Thanks a lot, guys…

Do you have back pain with sitting?

Have you been told that you have a swayback?

Tight hip flexors? That pesky psoas and iliacus…

If you answered yes, then we have a plan to correct it… I know you have had it since you were a kid and were told to deal with it but we can HELP you!

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