There is perhaps no more uncomfortable place to experience lower back pain than during an airline flight, especially in economy class. The seats are small and narrow, and placed too closely together. But the most uncomfortable aspect is the absence of any support for the lumbar region. There is just nothing there for the small of your back, unless you consider the small pillows they provide. As most people will attest, these don’t provide much support for any area. The… Read More
In this eye-opening article, the Harvard Business Review discusses the largely unacknowledged epidemic of sedentary lifestyles in the 21st century. Touching on its connections to obesity and traditional vices like tobacco, it points out how time spent sitting in today’s world is unprecedented. “As we work, we sit more than we do anything else. We’re averaging 9.3 hours a day, compared to 7.7 hours of sleeping. Sitting is so prevalent and so pervasive that we don’t even question how much… Read More
A story by the Wall Street Journal goes one step further to prove your mother right when she told you to stop slouching and sit up straight. As the article says, “Good posture means aligning ears over the shoulders, shoulders over hips, and hips over the knees and ankles”. In an interesting turn, this goes against advice we uncovered in another article from the BBC. It goes on to say that “there’s growing evidence that good posture contributes to a… Read More
The BBC reports that the conventional wisdom that an upright posture is always best is coming under scientific fire. According to a study conducted by Scottish and Canadian researchers, sitting up straight is not the best position for office workers. “In this study, the patients assumed three different sitting positions: a slouching position, in which the body is hunched forward as if they were leaning over a desk or a video game console, an upright 90-degree sitting position; and a… Read More
Golf has always been an American pastime, and one increasingly taken up by older demographics, especially so-called “Baby Boomers”. As even the best players age, golf has been shown to take its toll on the back, specifically causing lower back pain. A combination of repeatedly twisting the spine during shots, bending over for putting, and long hours spent on unsupportive golf cart seats quickly adds up to pressure on the lumbar spine. Check out this multiple section article to find… Read More