Low back pain and its relationship with sitting behaviour among sedentary office workers

Appl Ergon. 2019 Nov:81:102894. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2019.102894. Epub 2019 Jul 15.


The relationships between sedentary lifestyle, sitting behaviour, and low back pain (LBP) remain controversial. In this study, we investigated the relationship between back pain and occupational sitting habits in 64 call-centre employees. A textile pressure mat was used to evaluate and parameterise sitting behaviour over a total of 400 h, while pain questionnaires evaluated acute and chronic LBP. Seventy-five percent of the participants reported some level of either chronic or acute back pain. Individuals with chronic LBP demonstrated a possible trend (t-test not significant) towards more static sitting behaviour compared to their pain-free counterparts. Furthermore, a greater association was found between sitting behaviour and chronic LBP than for acute pain/disability, which is plausibly due to a greater awareness of pain-free sitting positions in individuals with chronic pain compared to those affected by acute pain.

Keywords: Dynamic sitting; Low back pain; Office chair; Pressure distribution; Sitting behaviour.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Chronic Pain / etiology
  • Chronic Pain / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Low Back Pain / etiology
  • Low Back Pain / psychology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Diseases / etiology
  • Occupational Diseases / psychology*
  • Sedentary Behavior*
  • Sitting Position*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires