How Are You Sitting While Using Your Computer?
No matter how great our furniture is, if we are contorting our bodies in unnatural ways while we are using the furniture, we will still experience pain.
Any time we balance on the correct part of our skeleton, the muscles are not overworked to hold us up. We have several balancing points in our torso. If we allow those to line up, then we will be held upright by the skeleton and the muscles that were designed to do the job. A typical slumping posture may seem to be more relaxed, but it actually leads to more tension.
The Sit Bones
The first balance point when sitting is the “sit bones” (ischial tuberosities). These are the rocker-shaped bones at the base of the pelvis. In order to find them, try sitting on your hands. You will be able to feel the sit bones. Once you have found them, try shifting your weight back and forth until you feel balanced over them. The bones will feel like they are pointing downward into your chair. These bones allow you to move back and forth easily while you are resting on them.
When we sit in a slumped posture, the weight of our upper body is actually resting on the spine rather than on the sit bones. Try this: Keep your hands under your sit bones and slowly curl yourself into a slumping position. Where did your sit bones go? You probably felt them slide forward. Your upper body weight was transferred from your sit bones to your lower spine. What did that slump do to your back and your head? Notice the weight of your head. Does it feel heavier now? In a slumped posture, gravity is working to pull your head downward, and muscle effort is needed to hold it upright.
Now come back to that upright position balanced on your sit bones. (Be careful not to over-arch your back, or the sit bones will roll backward and still not support you properly.) Release any chronic tension that you tend to needlessly hold in your shoulders and back. Note how your muscles feel. Are they more at ease?
Your Heavy Head
As we continue with this series, we will discuss the opposite end of the spine—your head. How you balance your head on your spine as you work will make a huge difference in how you feel. If you have any questions or comments, we would love to hear from you!
*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional. Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.