Your Sitting Posture Isn't the Problem

Sitting is causing your pain, but your posture probably isn't to blame.
Ashleigh Flanagan
July 29, 2021

People often come in to see us at Airspace Physiotherapy, believing that sitting at their workstation is causing them pain.

They are right- but fixing their posture usually isn’t the answer.

The truth is we are designed to sit. We need to sit. The problem is sitting too long without changing positions. Often what we think of as ‘poor’ posture is the most efficient posture for us. Sitting a little slumped requires less energy than sitting super straight with shoulders back. A strict posture can be challenging to sustain for more than a few minutes, is uncomfortable, and puts unnecessary strain on your body. Imagine holding a squat, even with perfect form, for more than a minute or two!

It doesn’t matter how light a load is; your body won’t like doing anything for a long time. Even holding a cup of coffee gets heavy and uncomfortable with time. It doesn’t matter how strong you are or how ‘good’ your posture is; no one can sit for hours at a time without pain.

So what can you do to feel more comfortable?

If you continue to experience pain, especially if it’s impacting things that are important to you, book an appointment with one of our physiotherapists, and we can get you on the right track.

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