Is sitting too much causing back pain?


The majority of Americans spend, on average, 13 hours a day firmly attached to a chair.

Given this, it should come as no surprise that:

  • Many of these people experience back pain
  • Sitting in the same position for hours can cause 30% more spinal pressure compared to standing or walking
  • Excessive sitting can increase the risk for or exacerbate low back pain conditions, such as a herniated disc, slipped disc, degenerative disc disease, or sciatica

In addition to back pain, excessive sitting can contribute to other potentially serious health issues, including weight gain, heart issues, and even depression.


Take this Sitting Risk Assessment:

  1. Do you sit for the majority of your work day? YES / NO
  2. Do you sit for extended periods of time behind the wheel? YES / NO
  3. Do you sit for more than 2 hours a day of recreational screen time (e.g., TV, computer, video games)? YES / NO
  4. Are you experiencing an aching back, fluid retention and puffiness in the legs, constipation, or brain fog, that could be the result of extended sitting time? YES / NO

If you selected YES to one or more of the above answer choices, you may be at risk.


Learn more about standing desk solutions that can help relieve back pain.

Reducing sitting time by even 1-2 hours per day can reap significant health benefits.

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