Office Chairs and your Back Health

Office Chairs, can we reduce the Back Pain?

Sitting for prolonged periods of time will cause low back pain or worsen an existing back or neck problem. Basically the reason behind this is that sitting in general, is a effortless motionless posture that increases stress in the back, neck, shoulders, arms and legs, and in particular, can add large amounts of pressure to the back muscles and spinal discs. And is one of the reasons for hunch-backs as we get older.
When sitting in an office chair, or working over our patients all day long, the natural tendency for most people is to slouch over, and this posture can overstretch the spinal ligaments and strain the discs and surrounding structures in the spine. Over time, incorrect sitting posture can damage spinal structures and contribute to or worsen back and neck pain.

Top 3 chairs for ultimate spine and back support:
Swiss ball/ exercise ball – The exercise ball is an exercise treatment option for back pain sufferers and is designed to help prevent or minimize further episodes of low back pain. In essence, individuals build strength in important back muscles and abdominal muscles without knowing it. The instability of the exercise ball provides the body with constant opportunities to evaluate its orientation in space, developing and training the body’s natural awareness; enhancing the body with increased balance and stability.

Checkout this blog 10 reasons to use an execise ball as your office chair: http://www.gearfire.net/10-reasons-to-use-an-exercise-ball-as-your-chair/

Ergonomic chairs – An ergonomic office chair is a tool that, when used properly, can help one maximize back support and maintain good posture while sitting. However, simply owning an ergonomic office chair is not enough – it is also necessary to adjust the office chair to the proportions of the individual’s body to improve comfort and reduce aggravation to the low back and neck

Lumbar support chairs: Executive chairs that swivel, provide extra cushioning and lumbar support keep your ears, shoulders, and pelvis (hips) in alignment and provides the natural inward curvature of the lower spine to be maintained
With Lumbar support it is important that the back be flush, because this is what provides the support for the lower back. Overall, the chair should keep the spine in a very natural position. It should not overly accentuate the inward curve, nor should it feel unsupported.

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