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How to Avoid Lumbar and Lower Back Pain

How to Avoid Lumbar and Lower Back Pain

Choose and use your office chair to reduce and eliminate lower back pain

Sitting for hours each day in an office places pressure on the spine, thus resulting in pain.  If you’re like most, when you’re working, you don’t really pay much attention to how you’re sitting.  But when the day is over and you begin to move about, you feel the back pain.  Reminding yourself to practice ergonomic sitting and choosing a good ergonomic office chair, will help you avoid painful lumbar or lower back pain.  
 
When your parents told you to “sit up straight,” they were giving you excellent advice.  Slouching, rolling the shoulders forward, and tilting your pelvic area places stress on the spine, especially in the lower back area. If your spine is not in its natural position, the muscles around it can also suffer.   Sitting up straight allows your spine to be in its natural position, without placing stress on vertebrae or compressing the spine.  
 
Choosing an ergonomic office chair can help prevent the stress and pressure on your spine.  Relieving this pressure and stress will reduce and eliminate lower back pain.  The keyword for choosing a good office chair is adjustability.  Your chair should have components to allow you to adjust the seating and position the lumbar support at the proper place for your back. You should also be able to adjust the armrests so you’re not raising your shoulders or find yourself in an awkward position as you rest your arms on the armrest. 
 
Once you combine the adjustability of your office chair, and remember to sit accordingly, you’ll begin to feel your back pain disappearing.