A few weeks ago, the family and I enjoyed a weekend in Hollywood Beach, Florida. I decided to sit and not move for a few hours appreciating sunny South Florida (I may have indulged in a couple well-deserved adult beverages too). My only regret was my chair choice…a lounge chair.
I’ll admit it: I’m a hypocrite. Sitting in a lounge chair, La-Z-Boy, or any recliner for an extended period of time is what I advise my patients NOT to do. The inevitable occurred, of course, and my lower back has expressed its “anger” for the past two weeks.
Why Are Lounge Chairs Evil? When laying in a reclined position, a gap is created between your middle back and your bum allowing your lower back (lumbar spine) to slouch down. You then lose your core’s ability to do its main job — to stabilize the lumbar spine — and damaging sheering actions occur between the vertebra. This mechanism is called “creep.” The majority of the time your body does not approve of this damaging position and will respond by causing soreness and pain.