Since more people have started to work from home. It’s unsurprising that we are seeing an increase of lower back problems. If you have started to work from home you might have started to notice aches and pains which you can see here when you are having a different work setting.

What is the correct sitting position?

We have made a few pointers on how to have the correct posture in this new environment:

The goal of sitting correctly is to minimise the stress and strain on muscles and joints. Also, to allow good circulation and a relaxed posture that allows you to breathe normally.

To help facilitate this there are certain things you should aim to do.

  • Aim to keep your feet flat on the floor
  • Have your chair at a height that allows your thighs to be parallel to the floor
  • In addition, let the arms rest flat with wrists straight (not cocked at an angle)
  • Ensure the top of the screen is at eye-level to keep the head in a balanced position
  • Crucially, make sure the base of the spine is properly supported.

These are some of the most important pointers. But the list is not exhaustive. A good DSE (Display Screen Equipment) assessment will cover everything you need to know.


prevent back pain with the correct posture

Prevent back pain with the correct posture


Increasingly, experts are realising that the psychological and social aspects also play a role. You may well have experienced back pain when you were stressed out at work. Or when the kids started playing up.

Whatever the cause, one thing is clear. Stopping all forms of movement is not the answer. In fact, the complete opposite is true. In most cases, exercise and movement are a great way to counteract the problem. As there are many of the best garden kids ideas, there are many choices of exercises too, each with a different purpose.

So, let’s look at some particular exercises that can help.

5 exercises for back pain that you can do at home

The key is to get the back moving and operating again. Providing you don’t have any serious structural damage there are some great little exercises to get you started. Try these for starters.

Pelvic tilts – Lie on your back. Knees in a bent position. Pull your belly button in towards your spine. Tilt the pelvis forward and hold for 5 seconds. This can be repeated a few times in a row to help mobilize the lower spine.



Knee rolls – Lying on your back. Bending the knees so the knees are off the ground. Keeping as much of the back on the floor as possible. Rotate the knees toward the floor on one side. Then gently swing the knees over to the other side. And repeat this movement a handful of times.

Press up back extensions – Lying face down. Simply use your forearms to push off the ground. The idea is to lift the head and shoulders up and create an extension of the spine.

Bird dog – This is a bodyweight floor exercise that helps to strengthen the lower back and firm the abdominals. Starting on your hands and knees, keeping the back aligned, extend one leg and the opposite arm. Then do the same for the other leg and arm. And repeat several times.

Supermans – This is similar to the bird dog exercise. However, on this occasion, you lay face down and flat on the floor. This requires more of a lifting motion and is good for strengthening the lower back.

So what can you do?

The first step is to be more aware of how you habitually sit. The next step is to take the time to change your work environment. Insist on having a DSE assessment if you haven’t already had one.

But don’t just do it as a one-off thing. Set up prompts around your desk to ensure you are regularly sitting in the correct position.

It may feel a little unnatural at first. But as you start to form a new habit, your body will start to thank you for it. And you should feel a lot fresher at the end of the day.

We hope this information is useful. If you need advice or have any questions about our treatments, please contact us. You can find us in Mill Hill Broadway and Islington. We are glad to help.

 If you like this blog, please share! 

Join the discussion 3 Comments

  • Ogunleye O says:

    I thank you sincerely for the tips you give via this medium. The have really been helpful.
    Though, I am someone with little means, and a retired Public Servant, I am constrained to say: THANK YOU FOR THE TIPS GIVEN, I pray to the almighty God to keep on strenghtening your organization.
    I am a 61yrs old who have been nursing back pain challenges for years. However, it is a happy development to see your post on the net this morning. I strongly believe in the contents and I wish to apply same believing that they will be helpful to me.
    Please, accept my sincere appreciation and regards to all the brains behind the project. May the almighty God, Jehovah protect you all and keep on multiplying your knowledge in this very important a field
    Best regards

    Ogunleye O
    Akure. Ondo State, Nigeria.
    17 5 ’23.

  • Ogunleye O says:

    Grateful for the efforts made.
    Best regards.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

xxx hd