Selecting the wrong office chair for your body type and typical tasks can lead to severe back problems. It’s important to review many ergonomic considerations before purchasing an office chair, especially if you plan to sit in it for extended periods of time. As you should already know, your arms, legs, and neck are all connected to your back in important ways. Therefore, it is important to set up the sections of your chair which support those body parts to reap the best benefits for back health. For basic ergonomic considerations, see our guide to ergonomics. This article will not focus on basic ergonomics; it will instead focus on the most important considerations for people with sore backs.
People who already experience back pain on a regular basis must take special consideration when selecting an office chair. They will want to make the best ergonomic decisions possible, ensuring that the chair they select is perfectly suited to their body and their task. Our ergonomic guide is meant to help you understand the basics of ergonomics in relation to your entire body and in relation to a healthy body. If you have back problems, it will still benefit you to read the ergonomic guide. This guide promises to go into more depth about what is best for alleviating your already sore back and not causing it any further aggravation.
Whether your back pain is related to your old, poorly designed chair, a previous accident, or some sort of muscular disease, you need to find a chair that will reduce any further pressure on back discs, tension in muscles, and pulling on nerves. If you find yourself experiencing pain, tingling, or numbness when sitting in your chair (and only when sitting in your chair) it is a definite sign that your chair is not set up in a way which promotes good back health.
The Importance of Lumbar Support
Lumbar support is one of the most important considerations in selecting a chair for someone with back pain. I truly feel as if I cannot stress this point enough. Inadequate and inappropriately-placed lumbar support can even cause back problems in individuals with healthy backs.
First things first – make sure that the chair you choose has some sort of lumbar support. A flat-backed chair will promote one of two things that are not good for you – slouching or trying to hold your back impossibly straight. Both habits will place undue pressure on the discs between your vertebrae and will pinch or pull on nerves.