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Common Causes of Back Pain

Choosing the Right Office Chair for Your Back Pain

If you are sitting for 8 hours a day in an office environment you may experience mild to moderate back pain. It may be surprising, but that pain could actually be stemming from your office chair.  An appropriate office chair is the best way to prevent long-term back pain.

It is essential to remember there is not just one chair that relieves back pain for everyone. We each sit and hold our body weight differently so choosing an appropriate office chair is an individual judgment based on your body type and site of pain.

Most of us do not maintain proper posture throughout the day. According to Spine-health .com, our posture while sitting at work puts strain on our lower back, which causes discomfort and pain. Being cognizant our posture while sitting paired with an appropriate office chair, can immensely assist in alleviating back pain.

There are a few things to take into account when determining the most appropriate office chair. According to spine-health.com things it is important to consider the material of the seat, the height and width of the chair, and support of the backrest. Each of these components plays an individualized role.

The material of a good quality office chair should be light and breathable to allow airflow while you’re seated to help prevent perspiration. You should also take into account the amount of cushioning in the chair. It may be necessary to add a seat cushion to your chair to add more support and comfort throughout your work day.

The height of the chair, which is typically adjustable on most office chairs, should allow you to keep your feet flat on the floor while your arms are even with the height of the desk. This reduces the pull of gravity of your legs and reduces strain on the lower back.

The seat width of your office chair is instrumental in providing comfort while you are seated. Not only should you consider the width of your chair from side to side, but also from the back of the seat to the front. It’s suggested you leave no more than 4 inches between the bend in your knees and the seat.

The backrest offers the majority of support for your back and torso. This is an important factor to take into consideration with choosing an office chair. The backrest may be the most crucial factor is selecting the appropriate office chair. This is because there are backrests with different types of support. For example, if you are searching for a chair with lumber support, the backrest should include a slight protuberance at the base of the backrest so that when you are seated your spine will curve inward at its naturally alignment.

While some office chairs can be a bit expensive, they could save you from serious back pain in the long run. However if a new office chair is not in your budget, a back brace could help to relieve your pain.

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Aeroflow Mobility offers many different back brace options to fit your unique situation .Click here to learn more about the benefits of a back brace and see how a proper back brace can help to alleviate your back pain.

Just like a lumbar support chair, a back brace can provide the extra support you need to keep your lower back aligned throughout the day at work. Also, a back brace may be covered by your insurance. Simply fill out our Qualify Through Insurance form and one of our Customer Service Representatives will contact you within three business days.

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