February 2018: Primal Posture

January 26 2018

Who doesn’t kick back on the sofa to watch TV, surf the internet, or read a book? If you suffer with back pain, or want to avoid it, then this month’s posture tip is for you.

Sofa is not so good for avoiding back pain

Who doesn’t kick back on the sofa to watch TV, surf the internet, or read a book? If you suffer with back pain, or want to avoid it, then this month’s posture tip is for you.

It’s not just the stars of Gogglebox that sit in the same position for hours, many times a week! If you are otherwise active, this downtime seems relaxed and harmless enough, but the cumulative effect of any slouching on your discs, nerves and ligaments adds up. 

With your back curved your sitting bones can’t provide a base support for the pelvis and spine. Instead, they tuck forward and your weight is taken on the sacrum and lower back, over-stretching ligaments and potentially causing instability and pain. The whole torso is distorted into a C-shape, shoulders pushed forward and the lungs and digestive organs compressed. 

The culprit here is the modern sofa - softly upholstered and deep-seated, it’s a relatively recent design that unfortunately encourages postural collapse. The long front-to-back of the seat means that only the tallest of people stand any chance of being able to actually sit well back, on their bottoms, with their feet on the floor! Everyone else has to place themselves in a ‘slipped down’ position. 

Ideally, choose a sofa that is not so soft that you can’t sense your sitting bones – and if you have lower back problems and/or sciatica, keep your pelvis level. A seat that’s overly long front-to-back can be countered by large cushions to lean back on. If you want to semi-recline, that’s great, just arrange your cushions in such a way that your back remains somewhat straight and supported along its length. Avoid using a small cushion in your lumbar area too, as this causes excessive arching in the mid back.

Find out more about sitting and healthy posture - book a place online at one of my free workshops:

• Sunday 11th February, 3pm, Spicer+Cole, Gloucester Rd 

• Sunday 18th March, 3pm, Spicer+Cole, Gloucester Rd 

For Courses and more information see: www.gokhalemethod.com