Back Pain

Updated 25 January 2017

Sit your way to a healthier back

If we were made out of rubber, bad posture wouldn't be a problem.

If we were made out of rubber, bad posture wouldn't be a problem. But we're not. And, every time we sit slouched, or spend hours bent over a computer screen, we're straining, compressing and twisting our muscles, nerves, organs and spines.

Take action:

Don't slouch forward while you're sitting, but keep your back in balanced alignment; keep your weight down, as extra weight weakens your stomach muscles and puts real strain on your back muscles; don't sit in one position for hours on end – get up and move around; sleep on a firm mattress and stick to one pillow; exercise regularly, as this will keep your muscles in good condition; avoid high-heeled or platform shoes; hold your chin up while you walk and point your feet forwards.


Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Ask the Expert

Backache expert

Susan qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1990, and completed her master’s degree in Physiotherapy in 2013 at the University of Pretoria. She has a special interest in human biomechanics, as well as the interaction between domestic and work-related ergonomics.

Still have a question?

Get free advice from our panel of experts

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

* You must accept our condition

Forum Rules