Tips for your chair to help you eliminate lower back pain
After sitting at a desk for eight or nine hours a day, many people leave work with an aching back. You may be thinking your pain is coming because you’re sitting in a chair all day. The fact is it is probably not because you’re sitting, but because the chair you’re sitting in is not ergonomically correct for you and the work you do. An ergonomic chair can do you a world of good!
- The base of your chair needs five rollers for optimal balance.
- The seat of your home office chair must adequately support your body structure.
- Choose a chair that allows you to sit with your feet flat on the floor and no part of the chair touching the backs of your knees.
- Your thighs cannot be pressed by the edges of your chair.
- To ensure you use good ergonomics your seat must be height adjustable, allowing you to place your feet flat on the floor.
- The backrest needs to support the curvature of your spine. Many ergonomic chairs offer backrest adjustability.
- The armrests should give you ample support for your forearms while allowing you to keep your elbows close to your body.
- The chair should also provide adequate support in the lumbar region of your back. The curve of your lower back should be supported by a pad in the backrest of the chair. You should be able to adjust the chair to get this pad at the correct position for adequate support.
Remember when choosing your home office chair you are going to be spending lots of time there, so make sure it is as comfortable and supportive as possible.