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Postural / Sitting Related Backache

A recent study was conducted to determine whether individuals with backache tend to sit for longer periods and have more forward-flexed and relaxed sitting posture than those without backache. Using student volunteers (half with backache, half without), researchers had students record their activity in a diary for a period of 3 days. Researchers found the most common activity during the day for both groups (backache and no backache groups) was sitting and the average sitting times were similar between groups. However, the group with backache sat for longer periods without interruption and had a more flexed relaxed sitting posture than the no backache group. Thus, be sure to sit up straight and take frequent breaks to stretch when sitting.

Source: JMPT. 29(3);213-218, March 2006.