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Was Mom wrong? Study says you shouldn't sit up straight

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    Was Mom wrong? Study says you shouldn't sit up straight

    From Tuesday's Globe and Mail

    Defying the age-old advice of parents and teachers, a new study shows that you're better off sitting back than sitting up.
    An Alberta researcher has found that while seated, with feet flat on the ground, leaning back to create a 135-degree angle between the thighs and trunk is much less straining on the spine and will not lead to the potentially chronic back pain associated with sitting in an upright position for extended periods of time.
    "Up until now it's always been, 'Mum knows best,' and so you sit up straight," said Waseem Amir Bashir, a researcher in radiology and diagnostic imaging at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton and lead author of the study.
    Back pain is the most common cause of work-related disability in Canada, and a major cause of lost work time, according to Statistics Canada. The agency estimates that between 70 and 85 per cent of Canadians will have some kind of back problem during their life.

  • #2
    max, I moved this from the family forum. Just because the title of the article says something about Mom being wrong, the real question is whether or not sitting straight puts less stress on the spine.



    • #3
      I disagree this should be in the original forum as it has absolutely nothing to do with family issues and underlines the importance of posture in relation to the spine.

      Although the angle of the spine is far too acute, the reserarcher is thinking about the effects of gravity, albeit in relation to the loading of the spine and not the efects upon circulation.

      Even so, when a person is on an angle, decopression of the spine occurs naturally providing the feet are not load bearing while on the angle.

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