Before this though let’s just debunk some of the more common perceptions of what the overall problem with “research” into correct seating is:
Firstly, when sitting people often have difficulty in telling which chair is the more comfortable whilst chairs have been graded into a hierarchy of ergonomic capabilities. Sitting in different chairs becomes indistinguishable because differences are difficult to perceive.
All spinal joints are attached by tendons and ligaments and via a complex of nerves via what is called a proprioceptive feedback (Cells in and around your joints convey back to the brain exactly where you are and at what angles which in turn relaxes and tenses different muscles to make you stable and not topple over.).
Joints are relatively insensitive to small angular changes as a result the spine does not recognize so easily small changes in posture.
As humans though we do perceive comfort. When were not comfortable most of us are not happy. We therefore will always move the body into a position of maximum comfort.
In the end we it is comfort more than anything else which must drive our decision.
On this cliff-hanger I will add on this article next week to conclude the various options and what can be done both to extend your lives and help you sit more comfortably.
If you can’t wait for the next episode you can contact me anytime and although I won’t be able to give the plot away completely, I will ensure a peaceful week of sitting.