How long can I sit?

You may sit in a recliner in a reclined position as long as you would like unless it causes pain. Most patients find 20-30 minutes to be a common limit before they feel the need to change positions. Begin sitting in a straight chair four to six times per day for short periods of time (5-15 minutes). Do not slump or slouch. Gradually increase your sitting tolerance. Maintain your neutral position during sitting. You may wish to use a lumbar roll (pillow) for comfort. Simply rolling up a towel and placing it behind your lower back may provide comfort. Learning to bend from the hips and use your elbows on the table to support yourself will usually allow you to eat a meal comfortably at a dining room table. When getting up from a chair, contract your stomach muscles and use your legs to raise yourself.