Sitting and correct sitting posture

Spinal pain can limit your activities of everyday life and decrease your quality of life dramatically if not properly managed. Pain is a warning system and is the body’s way of informing you that something is wrong.

Maintaining the correct body posture during everyday life activities can significantly assist in reducing back pain and progressive spinal damage.

The following advice could be helpful in managing your back pain during everyday activities.


When sitting, the natural curves of the spine (see the chapter Anatomy of the Spine) should be maintained, therefore one should sit upright, but not entirely straight up.

Traditionally a 90-degree back-thigh sitting posture was advocated as the correct position, but researchers have found that less strain is put on the spine when leaning back in the chair, with a proper back rest for support, at a 45-degree angle. It is important to maintain a good posture that allows optimal breathing and circulation.

Do not sit for long periods at a time and try to get up and move around every half hour.







This website is a patient resource compiled from information from leading spinal surgeons practicing in South Africa and complements the My Spine – Lumbar and My Spine – Cervical information booklets that you can obtain directly from your spinal specialist. You will find information about spinal conditions and treatment on this website.

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My Spine – Lumbar and My Spine – Cervical information booklets are now directly available from your spinal specialist. All patients that are undergoing spinal surgery in South Africa should have access to these booklets. Please ask your specialist at your pre-operative visit about these booklets.