The spine should look like a backwards ‘S.’ When looked at from the side, your spine from right beneath your skull to the tailbone should form a backwards ‘S.’ It should look like this AT ALL TIMES. When sitting, the spine should look like it does when standing. A lot of people slouch when they sit. This makes the spine look like a ‘C.’ When the spine looks like a ‘C’ we say it is flexed. That’s not right. When I was in the hospital, my spine was a ‘C’ for a month. A couple of things attributed to this. 1) I didn’t give a hoot about my posture at that time and 2) the way they had me positioned made it impossible to sit with good posture. Hospital beds aren’t exactly ergonomic. And I don’t think the nurses have been taught anything about posture. I’m lucky that all this flexion didn’t give me a back problem. We live in a world of flexion – when you sit or bend your spine is probably flexed. Generally the opposite motion of how you are usually positioned will help back/neck pain. Not always, but usually.
- The Death Station (schwartzs.typepad.com)
- Everyday Habits that Harm Your Spinal Health (stopbackpaintx.com)