Little-Known Ergonomic Strategy to Protect Your Back

Sit­ting is a curse for your low back.  For one thing, pres­sure on the low back discs is high­est when you’re sit­ting.  And unless you’re a paragon of per­fect pos­ture, it’s easy to sag into the low back when you’re sit­ting, putting even more pres­sure on the discs and oth­er low back struc­tures.

If you sit at a com­put­er screen for a liv­ing (like so many of us do), you know exact­ly what I’m talk­ing about.

For­tu­nate­ly there’s an easy way to fight back.

Sitting with seat pitched forward

Sit­ting pitched for­ward saves your back

To be able to com­fort­ably work on your key­board or mouse (or any oth­er sim­i­lar task) you want to sit on a sur­face that’s slight­ly pitched for­ward.   That way, instead of slump­ing to reach the keys, you’ll be perched for­ward.

With many chairs, even inex­pen­sive ones, you can adjust the angle of the seat.  If yours doesn’t adjust, you can place a small cush­ionor rolled-up tow­el on the back half of the seat so your sit bones can bal­ance on it.

Try it.  You’ll get through your day with more ener­gy and less back pain.

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About Ronald Lavine, D.C.

Dr. Lavine has more than thirty years' experience helping patients alleviate pain and restore health using diverse, scientifically-based manual therapy and therapeutic exercise and alignment methods.

His website,, provides more information about his approach.

Please contact him at or at 212-400-9663.

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