Finding the right chair to avoid back pain and back strain is easy once you know how. The correct chair can help with your posture, give you proper support, and even ease nagging backache.
There are several key places we spend a lot of time sitting. These include desks at work and at home, and in front of the TV.
While watching TV
If you watch a lot of TV, a supportive recliner, or a sofa with supportive cushions can help. So too can not slumping in the seats, but rather, being conscious of how you sit and perhaps even using a lumbar support cushion to protect the small of your back.
While at your desk
Since many of us spend so much time each day sitting at our desks, investing in a supportive chair is key. You might sit properly for the first few minutes each time you get into the chair, but gradually, most people will slouch over, or slouch down. A chair with supportive curves, or a lumbar support for your lower back can help. You can buy lumbar supports and strap them to the back of the chair in just the right location to stop yourself slouching.
If your desk chair has arms, you might tend to lean to one side or the other, especially if one arm is higher than the other. A small booster you strap to the arm of the desk chair can help you stay upright.
They also tend not to pay attention to their feet. The chair should be short enough for your feet to touch the floor, but not so short that your knees start to rise above the level of your hips. Foot platforms and wedges can help prevent this.
If you have a rolling desk chair, you might tend to rest your feet on it, or even tuck your legs back around the pedestal. Similarly, if you are sitting in a chair with legs, you might wrap your feet, ankles and legs around them, leading to less support and more pressure on the lower back and pelvis.
A comfortable chair is a must for good back support. But there are other methods as well. In the next lesson, we will talk more about support for your back.