01 Jun 4 Surprising Reasons You May Be Slouching
We know that you know that you should sit up straight and try your best to have good posture, but all too often that’s not the case, especially when you are working with your laptop or computer. In fact, if you find yourself slouching or sliding down into your chair (aka: low riding) more often than you’d like, there may be surprising causes as to why this is happening.
Your Screen is To Low
Whether you use a computer monitor, laptop or mobile device, your head, neck and back will follow your line of vision. This is probably the number one posture zapper. In other words, if your screen(s) is too low, your eyes will always win the posture battle. When your screen is too low it is very common to scootch way down in your chair in order to bring your eyes in alignment with your screen. It is also common round your back back and slouch which in turn, lowers your head and neck so that you can see.
Your best bet is to set the top of your screen(s) at or slightly below eye-level. The goal is to keep your head and neck comfortably balanced over the plane of your spine. NOTE: If you wear bifocals, then your screen should be as low as possible.
Lack of Lumbar Support
If your chair is doesn’t provide you with good lumbar support, you may be consciously or unconsciously finding ways to get away from the back of your chair. That often results in slouching or low riding. The solution is to adjust your chair so that your lumbar spine is well supported. If your chair doesn’t have an adjustable support (or any support), then you may want to invest in a lumbar cushion such as the Kensington Memory Foam Back Rest or the Fellowes Professional Series Back Support. If you sit on the edge of your chair, make sure that you are sitting with a neutral pelvis which in turn will promote a healthy spine.
Your Muscles Are Out of Balance
If you are a regular sloucher, it’s very possible that your muscles have become out of balance. If you round your neck, back and shoulders often enough and over the course of months and even years, muscle fibers adapt. The muscles in your back will lengthen and the ones in the front of your shoulders and chest will shorten. This in turn creates comfort when you slouch and discomfort when you try to sit up straight.
With chest opening stretches and mindfulness of your posture, over time, your muscles will rebalance themselves and sitting with an upright balanced posture will feel easy to do.
You Are Tired
It’s easy to pay attention to your posture at the start of your work day. But as the day goes on and you start to tire, it is inviting to sink down into your chair or round your back. Next time this happens, instead of giving in and collapsing your posture, get out of your chair and take a break! In fact, a short brisk walk or doing some stretches will re-energize you and help you sit with good posture after your break. So, do you slouch? Low ride in your chair? Leave us a comment and tell us what you do to keep your posture upright, balanced and how you stay comfortable in your chair.
Until the next time! Vivienne & Andrew