Though the reasons could be varied, one of the important contributing factors behind the nagging back pain is the incorrect posture, experts say. Which means that you can considerably cut the chances of back and neck pain and other allied illnesses by maintaining the correct posture while sitting or standing.

But how would one know that the correct posture is being maintained while sitting in a chair?"Good posture mainly refers to maintaining your body in a correct alignment with respect to gravity so that the body structures such as ligaments, muscles are in the least stressed position," sports therapist Megha Bhatnagar of AktivOrtho said.

In the modern urban lifestyle, where white-collar jobs require people to sit for long hours, it is imperative to take good care of spine health. One of the least interventionist and easiest first steps is to maintain the right posture while sitting.

According to a Sydney School of Public Health study, the highest rates of disability due to back pain are found in Asia and parts of Africa."Improper posture in the long-term can give rise to chronic neck and low back problems. Therefore, it is very important to maintain a good posture whilst sitting and standing," Raju Vaishya, senior orthopaedic consultant at the Indraprastha Apollo hospital here said.

"Backrests can give sufficient support to the lower back and are especially useful for people who cannot keep their back and buttocks splinted against the chair at all times," Vaishya said.

 

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