"It seems that sitting up straight, something many of us are taught from a very early age, is not good for your back, say researchers from Scotland and Canada. They found that sitting up straight strains your back unnecessarily. Ideally, you should lean slightly back, at an angle of about 135 degrees, they say".
Gary Moller Comments:
The spine is made up of a complex series of muscles, ligaments, bones and fibrous joints. The joints have a poor blood supply. The joints rely on movement to squeeze nutrient-rich fluid into the tissues while removing the metabolic toxins. Lack of movement causes pain and stiffness by a buildup of toxins that swell the intervertebral disc. Without movement, the joints gradually degrade, stiffen and weaken over time and may open the way to chronic and sometimes catastrophic back problems. This is why any form of exercise tends to give some relief for back pain sufferers.
Sitting is worst because the protective abdominals relax within seconds of sitting. Standing is a little better; walking is good as is jogging - so long as these are coupled with various toning and mobility exercises.
Like other joints, I have found that including Joint Food in the diet can give lasting relief to back pain. The nutritional needs of the spinal joints are probably more important than joints like the knees because of their poor circulation.
I have published a book on back pain which has practical advice for prevention, treatment and recovery; including a series of exercises.