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What is Lumbar Support in Office Chairs?

Updated on May 18, 2015

Every office chair company uses the term ‘lumbar support’ generously. These days, even car manufacturers and many others use the term on a very frequent and regular basis. But, have you ever wondered what the term really means?

If you have, this is the right article for you.

In this article, we tell you what lumbar support in desk office chairs is all about, in a comprehensive yet informative manner.

What does ‘lumbar’ mean?

The body part which we call our lower spine is also known as the lumbar region. The word ‘lumbar’, when used singularly, works as an adjective. It carries the meaning of ‘pertaining to the abdominal region’.

What is lumbar support?

Lumbar support means to support the abdominal region of the torso in an attempt to maintain the natural curvature of the lower spine. The support, in addition to preserving the curvature of the human spine, is also responsible for making sure that the pelvis, the shoulders and the ears remain in alignment. Lumbar support is made use of in many different areas of life, and so, it may mean slightly different things in different contexts. In the context of office desk chairs, lumbar support refers to the process of bestowing sufficient support to the body muscles and to the skeletal structure in a sitting position.


Why is lumbar support important?

Proper lumbar support is very important for the well-being of a person. That is especially true when the person in question has to spend many hours sitting on a chair in the office on a daily basis.

Actually, the act of sitting puts stress on our spinal discs. If access to proper support is not available, that stress can deteriorate the natural curvature of the spine over the course of several years. In the absence of proper support, you may experience lower back pain, hip pain, arthritis and many other health problems. In rare circumstances, even paralysis can happen due to the lack of adequate support.

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What are the different ways you can obtain lumbar support?

When it comes to chairs made for office, you can make use of a variety of different lumbar support types.

Buying a chair that supports the lumbar region on its own is a good idea of course, but that is an expensive idea. If you do not want to spend a lot of money or do not want to ditch your old chair for some reason, you can simply buy a comfortable pillow and put it on your chair to support your lower spine. Instead of a pillow, you can make use of a rolled towel, as well.

Another cheap option is buying a portable support accessory, like a lumber roll or a curved cushion. Portable support accessories are great for being easy to use. Such accessories sometimes feature an inflatable structure. To use a support accessory to support your spine, you just have to put the accessory on the chair.

On the other hand, if you are comfortable spending the money to get a new chair for your office, you can set your eyes on ergonomic chairs that have lumbar support finish. Or, you can consider buying one of the adjustable office chairs, of which there are countless options.


Lumbar support is one of the most important features to look for in an office chair. This kind of support is especially important for you if you spend 7, 8 or even 9 hours in the office on a regular basis. Without it, you risk being exposed to serious health hazards associated with your lower spine in the long run.

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