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Comfy Sofas Can Cause Back Pain

Are you sitting comfortably? Then you might be ruining your back, says a survey.

Soft sofas are being blamed for a rise in back problems. A fifth of people reported symptoms such as lower back ache and shoulder strain after purchasing a luxurious sofa and reclining on it regularly.

While wooden chairs or upright furniture were more popular in years gone by, increasingly people are opting for soft settees with deep cushions to sink into.

Although softer furniture might feel more comfortable, physiotherapist Richard Evans warned it could lead to discomfort in the long-run.

He said that comfier sofas encourage people to slouch rather than sit in a more supportive position to boost good posture.

Mr Evans, of The Back and Body Clinic in Northampton, said ‘Sitting comfortably may seem a very basic human activity but in fact sitting properly, with muscles and vertebrae supported efficiently, does require good back support and posture.’

He added: ‘Modern sofas and cushioned chairs can encourage poor posture as the soft upholstery may not give the spine and neck the support that is required.

‘By sitting for too long, especially in a poor postural or slumped position you can add a tremendous amount of pressure to your back, overstretch the spinal ligaments and increase the pressure on your intervertebral discs. This in turn can lead to on-going aches and pains.’

Adults in Western countries spend between 55 per cent and 70 per cent of their day sitting, and eight in ten British people suffer at least one bout of lower back pain during their lives.

The NHS advises that to avoid back pain, it is best to sit with your knees level with your hips, your lower back properly supported and with both feet on the floor. Crossing your legs or putting them up on the sofa next to you can lead to aches caused by bad posture.

The survey of 2,000 people was commissioned by Salonpas, which makes pain relief patches.

Other aspects of modern life which sufferers blamed for back pain included walking in high heels (22 per cent); carrying a large shoulder bag (47 per cent), and hunching over a smart phone (47 per cent).

SOURCE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3167535/Comfy-sofas-cause-pain-One-five-report-problems-purchasing-soft-seat-furniture.html


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Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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