How to: Maintain Good Sitting Posture [Video]
How should you sit? It’s a good question! Many people who have to sit for extended periods of time and don’t focus on keeping good posture end up paying for it.
It doesn’t take long for your body to start compensating for misalignments in your spine and elsewhere.
Dr. Keith Belliveau, Chiropractor at Revelation Health Centre, knows this and has made an excellent video showing you how to sit with good posture.
Sitting With Good Posture: Tutorial
- Sit down with your “sit” bones as far back as possible
- pull your shoulders and chest backwards
- pull your neck back to align with your spine
- level your pelvis with the chair
- Focus on posture
- avoid hunching forward
- maintain level shoulders and pelvis
- maintain a “stacked” torso
Alright guys so I’m going to teach you how to sit. It seems like something simple, you probably do it 10 hours every day. I am going to teach you how to do it optimally so you don’t get as much achiness, low back pain, shoulder pain, anything like that.
So, start from the bottom. When you’re sitting down, you want to make sure you’re not just plopping down and then just try to sit up from there. You want to make sure you reach the sit bones as far back as you can, and that allows your pelvis to remain level, so your whole spine can sit on top of it without much effort.
When your spine is vertical and its stacked, it doesn’t take any muscular effort to hold you there. It’s when you start bringing in curves, then you have to sort of fight against them and that’s where that muscle soreness comes from.
So it starts from the bottom, get a level pelvis so that you can then just stack your spine on top of it. From here, you just want to keep your shoulders back and your neck back.
So if you’re sitting at a computer, it’s tempting to lean into the screen, or you’re reading and eating and it’s temping to do that.
Try to keep as much of your spine stacked and your torso stacked, chest up, neck back, and your pelvis in a level position and that will relieve a lot of that strain and muscle tension you feel when you sit for long periods. Thanks!
– Dr. Keith Belliveau, Chiropractor
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