In our last installment, we shared a way to change how you sit to decrease the pressure on your lower back a.k.a., your lumbar spine, specifically the pressure on the discs between your vertebrae. The cervical spine and the lumbar spine are the areas where disc herniations occur most often.
In this installment, we will look at three things that you do each day that can contribute to pressure and nonoptimal alignment of your lower spine.
How you sit or stand.
Depending on what you do for work or how you spend your time you likely sit, stand, or a combination of both throughout your day. We touched lightly on sitting optimally last time. As a reminder, you want to sit on your SITS bones. These bones are located at the bottom of your glutes. (see picture below)
How you stand matters as well.
If you tend to stand with your weight mostly in your heels and your knees locked you likely also stand with your glutes slightly...