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Office Chairs for Bad Backs

Updated on August 30, 2010

Buy Office Chairs for Bad Backs

If you have a bad back then you know how crucial it is to provide the proper support. And considering that you sit in your office for eight hours or more a day, finding an office chair for bad backs is very important. So when it comes to finding an office chair that will support your bad back there are many things you’ll want to consider. The following article can provide some helpful tips and suggestions on how to find an office chair for bad backs.

The first thing you’ll want to consider is the length of time you’ll be spending in your office chair. While it’s important to consider some of the more supportive features, such as lumbar support, the quality of these features varies greatly and you’ll want to make sure it’s worth the cost. So for instance if you work long hours at your desk and don’t leave your desk for more than a bathroom break or a cup of coffee, then you’ll want to make sure to get an office chair that will correctly support your posture.

There are three main features that are designed to make an office chair better for bad backs, one such feature is the lumbar support.  A quality chair for bad backs will have adjustable tension on the lumbar support so that you can adjust the position to support the lower portion of your back.  This will help to keep you from slumping over which is a major strain on your lower back because you’re putting the entire weight of your upper body on your lower back muscles. 

Another feature that is important to an office chair that provides back support is a pneumatic adjust.  While this may seem trivial, having a height adjust function to your chair will allow you to find the perfect height for your posture.  If a chair is too high the natural response is to slump down to a level where you’re comfortable looking at a computer screen or doing paperwork.  Adjusting the height on your office chair will help to keep you from doing this; however, there is one problem that is very subtle.  A lot of times if you’re just a little too high it will seem like you are fine but in reality your body is subtlely compensating which will give you a neck ache or elevated back pain.  If you’re experiencing any pain in your back while working in your office chair, the first thing you should try is adjusting the height.  It may take a day or two to get it right, but once you do you’ll notice the pain just disappear. 

The last thing that’s important when choosing an office chair is more for neck pain (but can contribute to back pain as well), but that is to get a seat with adjustable arm rests.  These chairs will allow you to raise and lower the arm rests to a point that’s comfortable for you.  If the armrest is too low on an office chair, your neck muscles will be stretched out and this will also pull on the muscles of your upper back as well.  Adjusting the arm rest on your office chair can help to get rid of neck pain and upper back pain. 

So if you tend to spend a lot of time in an office chair you’ll want to make sure to have features that will support your back and spine.  Fortunately there are many ergonomic executive chairs that will provide these features; however, the bad news is that they usually are more expensive than every day office guest chairs.  Buying an office chair for bad backs will require that you invest in a quality chair but the pay-off on your health alone is worth it, not to mention you’ll be more productive and able to focus on your work and not worry about getting terrible back pain in your desk chair.


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