Are you sitting comfortably? Dr Lindsey Migliore explodes the myths around good posture and how to choose an office chair

A woman feels her back as she sits at a desk.
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When the words 'sitting properly' are mentioned, I get stark images of serious people doing serious desk work, all the while holding their backs seriously upright. These images bear absolutely no resemblance to the people I've worked with over the years, because no one actually sits like that. And even though there's an industry in making the best ergonomic chairs for back pain, I don't think that's ever going to change.

And that's fine, because it turns out trying to make a perfect right angle with your torso and thighs is not the secret to healthy sitting. I spoke to Dr Lindsey Migliore, Esports Medicine and PM&R Physician, plus founder of GamerDoc and Secretlab Ergonomic Advisor, to bust some myths around how to sit properly in a chair and the type of chair we should be sitting properly in.

A portrait photo of Dr Lindsey Migliore.
Dr Lindsey Migliore

Dr. Lindsey Migliore is a licensed medical doctor in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation & esports medicine physician. She is the founder of GamerDoc, Faculty Associate for the NYIT Center for Sports Medicine, co-editor of the Handbook of Esports Medicine, Lecturer at Mt. Sinai & Secretlab Ergonomic Advisor.

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Beren Neale
Ecom Editor

Beren has worked on creative titles at Future Publishing for over 13 years. Cutting his teeth as Staff Writer on the digital art magazine ImagineFX, he moved on to edit several creative titles, and is currently the Ecommerce Editor on the most effective creative website in the world. When he's not testing and reviewing the best ergonomic office chairs, phones, laptops, TVs, monitors and various types of storage, he can be found finding and comparing the best deals on the tech that creatives value the most.