But, a perpendicular spine is a compressed
spine - the compression results from
our own bodyweight, starting from the top (head), down
to the low back (tail).
Don't get me wrong. Our spine is
wonderful piece of architecture; the discs between our
vertebrae allow for a wide range of movement and they
absorb shock. And, when we stand upright, our
muscles provide a girdle and a harness that keeps our
spines resilient and juicy.
is an activity
- when one is standing, one is
extremely active. If
you doubt this, stand, for five minutes, as still as you
The Missing Link was tired, too.
Which is why, when she spotted a big rock, she sat on it.
And she saw that sitting was good.
Still standing? Have a
seat. Take a load off, as we
You are allowed to be comfortable - I want you to be
comfortable! Which is why I ask you to keep in
mind that most sitting actually increases the
pressure on the low back. And pressure may result
in discomfort and pain.
What's a sitter to
We can't be active (e.g. sitting up super
straight) all the time when we sit -
that would overtax the muscles that keep our torsos
upright. So the answer is right there in your
Have the correct chair for the job you do.
demands a different chair than the work of a therapist.
2. Know how to use your chair.
Your chair is your tool. Knowing
how to use this tool is as important is having
Here are a few basics to help you become a more
- Get your eyes checked. You may need
glasses, or a stronger prescription, so that you're
not, even minutely, jutting your head forward in order
attention to the alignment of the pelvis. You should be
on top of your sitting bones, not in front or behind
Unless you are sitting for only a short period
of time, support this on-top pelvic alignment with
pillows or cushions behind the pelvis.
you think of it, "ground" the feet: plant the soles of
both feet into the floor. This will
help neutralize the alignment of the pelvis.
in mind that spinal length comes from the back-body,
not the front-body. In other
words, a long spine is not created by tucking in the
chin and puffing out the chest. Breathe and
move into a long spine by:
- Lifting the back of the ribcage up and
- Raising the cowlick (the back of the
If you need more specific guidance on how
to sit properly and comfortably in your chair, I can
me a call.
Yours from all-fours, Dr. George