Physiotherapists get asked a lot of questions regarding good and bad sitting postures as there is a lot of conflicting information out there on the internet these days. We get so many questions actually, that we run our own workshops and assessments for workplaces to help avoid a lot of back and neck pain that is 100% preventable - check it out at "Workplace Assessments".
So the short answer to the questions we get about posture is that although there are "better" or "more ideal" positions to sit in, there isn't actually a perfect or correct way to do it. This might come as a shock to many, but if you think about what you currently consider as the perfect sitting posture, I bet you couldn't really hold it for very long if you tried.
What can we actually do about it?
The main reason you experience discomfort from sitting is because of activities where you are so focused on something else that you lose track of the time and end up sitting still for a number of hours - work, exams, and online shopping are the usual troublemakers here... Because of this reason, staying pain free is actually more about the ability to change your position and keep moving as the time spent in any one posture is the biggest contributor to stiffness and soreness.
Depending on how your body currently feels along with any previous injuries, there may be more ideal ways for you to sit to either spread the load more evenly or take the pressure of currently sore areas, but this is unique to you and needs a thorough assessment first.
Tips to avoid sitting in one position for too long
If you have any questions regarding sitting or standing posture, including any aches or pains that you are currently experiencing then get in contact with our team of experts by calling Physio Fit on (08) 7226 9901 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.