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Desk work? Sit, stand or both.


Both sitting and standing for prolonged periods can be challenging for your lower back. However, standing is generally considered better for your lower back than sitting, as it reduces the amount of pressure on your spine.

When you sit, your spine is under more compression because the weight of your upper body is concentrated on your lower back. This can put a strain on the muscles and discs in your lower back, which can lead to pain and discomfort. Additionally, sitting for long periods can contribute to poor posture, which can further exacerbate lower back pain.

On the other hand, standing helps to distribute your weight more evenly across your body, reducing the pressure on your lower back. It also promotes better posture and engages your core muscles, which can help to support your lower back.

However, standing for prolonged periods can also cause discomfort, particularly in your legs and feet. Therefore, it's recommended to alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day and take breaks to stretch and move around. Additionally, ensure that your workstation is ergonomically designed to support your body and reduce the risk of lower back pain.

An Osteopath can help with your desk set up, postural advice and help with lower back pain.

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