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Three tips to help prevent stiff lower back pain from sitting

Stiff Lower Back Pain

Many people might think that sitting shouldn’t cause lower back pain. However, poor posture while sitting and other issues can actually cause or increase lower back pain. 

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) estimates that at any given time there are about 31 million Americans dealing with lower back pain. Physical therapists can often help people reduce their back pain. In addition, these specialists can offer tips that may help prevent stiffness and pain in the lower back when sitting. 

These three tips can help you avoid pain and stiffness in your lower back when sitting

There are a number of issues that can lead to stiffness and pain in the lower back while sitting. Sciatica can cause pain in the lower back and down one leg, and the pain could be worse when sitting for long periods. Herniated discs, spinal osteoarthritis and other issues could also be responsible for the pain you’re feeling when sitting. 

There are three tips that physical therapists recommend for people dealing with back stiffness and pain while sitting. These tips are: 

  1. Move around more often — Getting up and moving around is an effective way to break up long periods of sitting. Doing so can also help reduce or prevent sitting-related back pain. A review of five medical studies on back pain treatments reveals that walking and stretching exercises led to pain relief in patients with chronic lower back pain. 
  1. Support your back while sitting — One study reports that almost 73% of participants had weak core muscles. Core muscles include the abs, obliques, back muscles and more. People with a weak core are more likely to have back pain. A rolled-up towel or specially designed pillow can increase support for your lower back while sitting. In turn, the increased support could reduce your lower back pain. 
  1. Keep knees and hips properly positionedThe best posture for your knees and hips when sitting is a 90-degree angle. People who don’t maintain this posture are more likely to experience back pain when sitting. This is because poor posture in these joints increases strain on the lower back. Adjusting the height of your chair can help you maintain better hip and knee positioning while sitting. Some people might also find a footrest or stool helpful. 

Peak Performance can help treat your lower back stiffness and pain

You don’t have to continue to deal with pain and stiffness in your lower back when sitting. Our therapy specialists at Peak Performance are here to assist with your back pain. We offer free screenings that can be used to pinpoint the cause of your pain. Additionally, our team excels at creating personalized therapy plans intended to reduce and prevent lower back pain. 

Do you want to start getting our help with your back pain? Contact us today for more information or to schedule a free screening.