Spinal Hygiene: Sitting to Standing Posture
Back pain can worsen when transitioning from a sitting position to a standing position. This is mainly caused by the rounding of the spine while attempting to stand up, which causes the low back to lift the weight of your body as you manoeuvre.
Adapting a squatting posture to initiate standing from a seated position will allow your legs, and not your back, to lift you up while maintaining a neutral spine.
To rise from a seat, spread your knees and position your feet so that they are underneath you. While lifting with the chest, lean forward through the hips while maintaining a straight back. Shift the weight to the middle of your feet and bring your hips forward to initiate the movement.
**For added support, take a deep breath in and activate your ‘core’ muscles (tense your abdominals) while transitioning from a seated to standing position.
This transition between seated and standing posture, will spare your spine of unnecessary stress that may induce or trigger low back pain. Maintaining a neutral spine throughout the movement will keep your spine safe and allow you to move pain free!