Yes it is. There you go, a nice quick answer!
However, it can be a challenge for most people to maintain a good posture while they are sitting at work in their office chair. Those long hours staring at a computer monitor often lead to the person leaning forward to get a better look at the computer monitor.
The computer tends to absorb all of the persons attention, taking the focus of the mind off how the body should be properly positioned in that chair. The end result is hours of slumping in the office chair and unfortunately the development of poor posture.
So in this article we are going to discuss practical ways to counteract the bodies natural tendency to want to hunch forward by anchoring your body towards the back of your office chair.
Understanding Importance of an Upright Posture
The abdominal muscles that are in the front of your spine combined with your back muscles are working to help keep your body erect. Visualize two elastic bands that sit on either side of the spine, working together to ensure proper posture. When you are at your desk and hunching over to see the computer screen, you are distorting this balance and placing extreme strain on your back. To better understand how this strain affects your back muscles, picture balancing a heavy motorcycle so it doesn’t fall to one side. When the motorcycle is balanced correctly, you can simply hold it there with your one hand. When you are sitting up erect in your office chair, the muscles in your back and abdomen are working in perfect harmony to maintain that upright posture with the least amount of effort.
Making Your Muscles Work Harder
Now imagine that the heavy motorcycle is leaning to one side. Think about how much effort it now takes to keep that heavy machine from crashing to the ground. The more the motorcycle is leaning towards the ground, the harder it is for you to maintain balance. This can also be said for the way you are sitting at your desk. When your body is hunched forward towards your computer screen while sitting incorrectly in the office chair, your abdomen and back muscles have to work harder to simply keep your body from falling towards the screen. The problem for most people is they have been doing this for so long that their body is actually conditioned to sit incorrectly at their desk when they get to work. During the course of a long day at work, unless reminded, a person is not even aware how far forward they are leaning in the office chair.
Unnecessary Strain to the Back Muscles
When you are sitting at your desk and leaning even 30 degrees towards the computer screen, you in a sense are putting up to 4 times more strain on your back muscles. Each day you sit incorrectly in your office chair, you are causing unnecessary wear on the ligaments of the spine, the joint surfaces, and the discs located between each of the vertebrae. At the same time, the strain to the back muscles is causing them to tighten up, reducing the flow of blood that is important for vital nutrients to reach the muscles. The muscles now become more prone to injury because they have become rigid and tight.
It has long been believed that sitting correctly in the office chair does not require any effort from your muscles. The truth of the matter, your back muscles are working continuously to keep the body upright at your desk.
If you are sitting at your desk all day in that hunched over position, you are doing considerable long-term damage to the back and surrounding muscles. Therefore, it is imperative that you (a) choose a good quality office posture chair and (b) make a conscious effort to develop the habit of sitting with good upright posture.