The Effects of Various Body Postures on Pressure in the Lower Back Disc

One of the charts that I saw as a young student in chiropractic school has stuck with me ever since… and for lots of good reasons.  It’s from a study that looked at how much pressure gets produced inside the lower back disc as a result of different body postures.  You might be surprised by how much more stressful it is to your back to sit rather than stand since most of us get some rest by sitting.  I know that I was, but then again, think about how tired, stiff, and painful you feel when you’ve been sitting for too long.

Most important on this chart, in my mind, though, is that body position while you are standing or sitting makes all the difference when it comes to reducing stress on our lower back.  This is why sitting slumped and leaning are harmful, as well as exercising with poor form and posture.  Take a look at the chart and see if there are ways you can change your habits to keep your back safer!  Dr. Andy

Find out more about the lumbar disc and find the image used above here.

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4 Responses to The Effects of Various Body Postures on Pressure in the Lower Back Disc

  1. Tracy says:

    I don’t see the figure astride a steed.

  2. andy says:

    I think the steed is implied! As is the bicycle. 🙂

  3. Tracy says:

    I think more often the steed thinks I am implied…thanks for the adjustment!

  4. andy says:

    🙂 Thank you!

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