The Benefits of Active Sitting
If you have a desk job requiring you to sit in an office chair for the majority of the day, you likely have heard about the importance of moving around periodically. Sometimes when you have a busy day, though, you forget to get up and realize it’s been several hours since you last moved. Prolonged sitting isn’t good for your spine health, which is why active sitting has become common in office spaces. There are different types of active seats available, and any spine care center will recommend you get one if you sit for most of the day. Here are some of the main benefits of active sitting.
Increase Blood Flow Throughout The Body
Active sitting doesn’t mean you’re getting your body in shape as you’re sitting down and working. It simply means your body is making natural and subtle shifts in your posture while sitting, which are similar to if you would be walking or standing. These small movements help keep your posture proper and also increases the blood flow throughout your body. An active seat can also slowly strengthen your core and back muscles, which will go a long way in preventing long term back pain.
Types of Active Seats
There are many types of active seats to choose from, depending on your seating preferences:
- Balancing stools
- Ball chairs
- Leaning stools
- Kneeling chairs
- Saddle chairs
Each seat serves the same overall purpose, which is to align your spine and promote better posture while sitting. Your spine care center may suggest trying out a few of them to see which one you’re most comfortable with depending on how much you sit throughout the day.
Slowly Minimize Your Back Pain
If you’ve experienced any type of discomfort in your back throughout the day, it may be time to transition to active sitting to prevent long term back pain. The small movements the body makes with active sitting goes a long way in promoting better spine health, blood circulation and much more. And even if you have existing back pain, active sitting can slowly minimize the pain as you start strengthening the back and core muscles for more stability.
DBC Active Spine Care® works with employers to help promote a healthier office environment. Active sitting is one way to keep your employees healthy and free of back pain. However, sometimes back pain can be so intense that it impacts workplace productivity. Our revolutionary spine adaptive functional restoration program can help. Be sure to contact us to see how we can help you and your employees increase productivity by feeling pain-free while working.