Posture & Ergonomics


Your mother and grandmother were right: stand up straight!

Proper posture and lifting techniques not only make you look more confident, but also helps prevent back pain and sciatica. When you slouch, your spine slouches too, forcing your muscles, ligaments, and tendons to all work overtime keeping you balanced and up-right. All this extra work strain may lead to fatigue and potentially back pain and sciatica.  Learning how to lift and how to sit will allow for proper posture and can reduce back pain and sciatica by strenthening core muscles, giving you core stability.  Lifting techniques are so important!

                 standing up straight
Proper posture:

The head should be carried straight.

The shoulders, back and even.

The chest, out.

The stomach, tight (core stability)

The low back, straight.

The buttocks, firm.

The feet, straight and evenly apart with your weight balanced on both.

Dr. Novelli emphasizes it is never too late to develop proper posture and core stability. Proper posture will prevent back pain, sciatica and weakening core muscles.  Learning how to lift and how to sit will lead to proper posture and ergonomics.  Simple exercises to strengthen your core muscles and buttock muscles and stretch your hamstrings will go far to prevent back pain and sciatica. Dr. Novelli is ready to evaluate your posture, teach you how to lift and how to sit so that you too can avoid back pain and sciatica.

Talk with us at your next appointment about proper posture and lifting techniques to avoid back pain and sciatica.



"Work Law" is the literal meaning of ergonomics, but for Dr. Novelli, ergonomics is simply a set of rules about how to lift and how to sit properly to avoid back pain and sciatica. Ergonomics can involve the selection of a chair that supports your back when you have to sit, the elevation of your desk and monitor to reduce neck strain, the use of your legs to lift and not your spine. It is relatively simple to evaluate your daily work for improved ergonomics. Here are a few suggestions for doing the following activities:

    Proper posture, lifting techniques and movement can enhance your recovery as well as prevent back pain and sciatica. 

    Contact Novelli Wellness Center to discuss individual posture and ergonomic suggestions.
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