Back pain can be very uncomfortable, and prevent patients from carrying out their everyday lives, according to the NHS.
Lower back pain is the most common type of discomfort, although the pain can be felt across the entire spine.
Having poor posture could be causing your back pain, it said.
But, altering your posture could help a number of health conditions, claimed Julie Jennings, Chief Occupational Therapist for comfort chair specialist HSL.
Slouching in your chair also slouches your spine.
The body’s circulatory system has to work harder when you slouch.
This can lead to shortness of breath and reduce your ability to move about freely.
“Keep your shoulders back and relaxed in your chair,” said Jennings.
“It’s important not to keep your back completely straight.”
Aches and pains
Poor posture can cause your spine to deteriorate over time, which can cause neck, back and shoulder pains, Jennings said.
In turn, these pains can lead to fatigue and headaches.
“Make sure your bottom is at the back of your chair and your lower back is supported,” she said.
Sitting with poor posture will put extra strain and demand on your joints and muscles.
This leads to fatigue, and coupled with poor circulation, means your muscles and joints are more easily damaged and slower to repair.
“Keep your head straight in your chair, not tilted.”
Loss of movement
A damaging impact of poor posture can be loss of movement.
Poor posture while sitting can prevent the normal range of motion from occurring, making something as simple as walking around more difficult.
Jennings said: “When seated, keep your feet flat on the floor, with a small gap between the bottom of your knees and the chair, so your nerves have room to manoeuvre.”
Poor posture is not a sign of laziness. As we age, we tend to put on more weight through natural body and lifestyle changes.
Weight gain alters how our skeleton and muscles support themselves, meaning we should adjust our posture accordingly to avoid bad habits.
“Make sure your legs and hips are being fully supported by your chair, and that you’re not sinking or dipping into it,” said Jennings.