Reducing Back PainCraig Simpson
Reducing Back Pain
The substantial body of research concludes that a sedentary lifestyle leads to severe back problems as well as other serious health conidtions, the average person spends approximately 55% of their waking hours sitting. Mainting a static position for too long causes stiffness and tension to develop around the spine consequently can lead to short term back condition. With lockdown causing a lot of people to work from home we recommend purchasing an ergonomic fully adjustable office chair that supports your back and helps reducing back pain. We also recommend investing in an electric desk, keeping active can help to increase productivity within the home office.
What causes bad backs at work
It is important to grasp the cause of your back pain before making changes to your work station. This could be one of many things, finding out what is relevant to you is vital when fixing the problem.
What is the correct sitting position?
You probably spent most of your childhood being told to sit up straight and not to slouch in your chair. When leaning forward in your chair your back and neck gains a strong amount of pressure leading to potentially straining your back.
Sitting back at a 135 degree angle results in less strain that sitting up right at 90 degrees. However, sitting upright still resulted in less strain than sitting forward. Sitting as far back as 135-degrees is probably impractical when trying to use a keyboard and monitor, so experiment with your workstation and see what brings you the most comfort.
Making an effective set up
Sometimes your work place equipment can make it hard to be comfortable at work. It’s remarkable the difference good ergonomically designed office furniture makes; if you’ve made adjustments to your sitting position without success then it’s the next place to look.
You should look to purchase a work station that supports your work efforts every day. This means an office chair that is specifically designed for reducing back pain and a desking arrangement that keeps you active and has everything within reach. Also having the monitor at a suitable height can prevent you from craning your neck.
Standing up at a Sit / Stand Desk reduces the pressure on your spine than any other seating position could. It is important to maintain regular breaks, moving around and keeping active. Moving around throughout working hours is a simple but incredibly effective remedy for lower back pain.
What features should you look for when purchasing an office chair with back pain?
- Lumbar Support
The lumbar support has an effect on your lower part of your spine. Most ergonomic chairs come with this feature, providing a cushioned support between you and the back of your chair. The lumbar support also helps to maintain the natural curvature of your spine by pushing your lower back inwards.
- Back Recline
When you recline the back of your seat, the pressure will shift from the lower back to the upper back and neck. An office chair with a high back and headrest is essential to maintaining good ergonomics in all areas of your back.
Constantly moving around in un natural positions causing straining to your body when you are reaching over to grab things can be a massive cause to back pain. With a good wheelbase you can move around effortlessly reducing back strain on your lower back.