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Low Back Rebound: Am I "sitting" intolerant?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 29, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Hi folks,

This is problably a wack question, but i'm sure i cannot be the only one. About 4 months ago i started ditching chairs of any kind. Either i was standing working on my ho-bo standing desk( simply my lap-top on top of of some books, in a furniture piece), walking, or laying down on my back to sleep, rest on the grass or watch some(little) TV. I only remained seated for about 2-4hours a day, due to my college classes. Even in public transportation(bus, train) i was standing(along with working my core as hell in the nasty turns).

Simply, i was getting a lot more strenght in the core, all doing fine. Except one thing: when i have to sit down for a while(maybe more than 30-45 minutes) i get these back pain, it's not unbearable but quite uncomfortable in the low back area. I still engage the low back with strenght training ( glute ham raise, weighted bridges, good mornings), and been getting stronger too, adding weight almost weekly.

Could i have been developing some "sitting intolerance"? Is this anyway normal for someone, and actualy a sign of my body telling how damaging siting is?

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on May 29, 2012
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I'm currently watching the lecture. So far, so good. Thanks for the input!!

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Probably, a little too "comfy" and slouched yes, but these pains keep coming even when i'm on a desk chair. I tend to bend over since my main task is to read and make notes on academic papers. My solution from the past days is to keep a more neutral spine, and instead of bendind to the paper, bring the paper up to meet my line-of sight.

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I'm a man, and i do not keep my wallet in my back pocket. Actually, when i'm at home i usually where sport shorts or swet pants without pockets.

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on May 29, 2012
at 03:25 PM

Try tucking your pelvis (rounding your lower back a bit) and making sure you are "stacked" the right way; sitz bones pointing straight down, rib cage over pelvis, head balanced on neck (not jutting out in front of your body). I notice that even though I have a really strong core, I still dislike sitting for long periods of time. The way my back feels is directly related to how much I am sitting, especially at my computer.

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on May 29, 2012
at 06:35 PM

I saw a video of Esther Gokhale (studies posture from an anthropological perspective and does movement classes to improve posture) giving a talk at Google - where the standing desks are rampant.

Someone in the audience asked her for her opinion on standing desks. She said "they're wonderful... If you don't know how to sit"

I have trouble sitting too. Methinks it's a skill that can be learned.

(Edited To Add) - Here is the link to the vid, if anyone else is interested - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yYJ4hEYudE

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on May 29, 2012
at 06:52 PM

I'm currently watching the lecture. So far, so good. Thanks for the input!!

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on May 29, 2012
at 07:20 PM

At work I have a skateboard under my desk. Seems to help to have feet off the floor a bit. At home I'll sometimes use one of the big therapy balls as a chair. Never tried the standing desk thing except the library, but feels good to have a position change. Desk work is tough on the back. Computer screen should be eye level too for the neck's sake.

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on May 29, 2012
at 05:54 PM

Its hard to tell if you're a man or a woman... But, if you are a man, do you keep your wallet in your back pocket? If so, you are throwing your hips into weird alignment by sitting on your wallet. Just a thought.

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on May 29, 2012
at 06:40 PM

I'm a man, and i do not keep my wallet in my back pocket. Actually, when i'm at home i usually where sport shorts or swet pants without pockets.

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on May 29, 2012
at 03:36 PM

When you do sit, are you slouching? Like legup said, pay close attention to your posture while you are sitting. It's easy to fall back into lazily sitting, even though you are so careful when you aren't sitting. I know classroom seating is horrible, and often broken down, but if you make sure you are sitting nice and tall, with everything in alignment, you will probably eliminate the pain.

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on May 29, 2012
at 06:42 PM

Probably, a little too "comfy" and slouched yes, but these pains keep coming even when i'm on a desk chair. I tend to bend over since my main task is to read and make notes on academic papers. My solution from the past days is to keep a more neutral spine, and instead of bendind to the paper, bring the paper up to meet my line-of sight.

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