What Is The Best Position For Your Back – Lying Or Sitting?

resting back

Dr. Troy Dreiling, the Vancouver chiropractor, addresses the question: What position is better for my back when I am not active, sitting or lying down?

As you will see in the video, this is often a matter of preference and depends on the patient, as everybody is different. If you are suffering from back pain, chiropractic care may help.

Please call to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Troy.





Video Transcription

Hey, it’s Dr. Troy here the Vancouver chiropractor.

Mike from Portland asked me a question. He said, “hey, what’s better should I lay flat on my back or sit in a chair when I’m not active?”

Really, that is individual. Some people if they lay on their back they will feel relief, they will feel the pressure of gravity come right off of them. On the other hand, some people who have lower back issues will have to prop a pillow under their knees to take the pressure off of their back.

One thing you have to remember is that sitting is going to load the spine 30% more. So, depending on how much pain you may have in your back I would recommend lying over sitting especially if you have back pain. However, with sitting, sometimes you just want to rest, so you want to get in a comfortable position. I would recommend putting your feet up in a lazy boy Barca lounger type of chair.

So these are some of the different positions that you can lay in to help reduce the pressure and take the stress off of your lower back, especially if you’ve been working a repetitive, strenuous job all day.

This is Dr. Troy. If you are interested in getting checked out (360) 260-6903 is our number.