8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back
Earlier this week I had a client ask me, “What’s the best chair for my back?” This wasn’t the first time I have been asked this question and my answer is always one that is met with surprise.
That’s because there isn’t a chair I recommend as I wish all of my clients would use a simple, firm, but wobbly stool, rather than a super expensive ergonomically designed chair. This can be achieved by using a Stability Disc, Yoga ball or a specially designed stool with a wobbly seat. Yes, you read that right! Sitting a wobbly stool, like the one I have in the office, or using a stability disc and keeping your feet flat on the floor, helps promote a great posture when sitting, and works your core muscles. Ideally you are not touching the back of any chair that you are using for support, so a stool is perfect for this. If you are not used to activating the core muscles in this way, then you may have to start off with 20-40 minutes at a time per hour of sitting and work up to it. for about $35 you can the best ergonomic chair possible.
In this groundbreaking book, Gokhale describes 14 steps to adjusting your seated posture. The steps help you position your pelvis to become the foundation of your spine, because when your pelvis is well positioned, your upper body is upright and relaxed.
Take a look at the middle and right hand side figures below, you’ll notice that although their upper body is relaxed, their pelvises are poorly positioned and are slumped (middle illustration) or upright but tense (right side).