By Brian Acton
If you work in an office, chances are you spend many hours a day sitting in a chair at your desk. If the chair your employer gave you doesn’t provide good lumbar support or promote good posture, sitting in it can actually be bad for your health (to say nothing of the health problems associated with a sedentary lifestyle).
Back support cushions can easily fit onto most office chairs, providing proper support for your back and helping to reduce the negative effects of an office chair on your body. Here are three reasons to get a support cushion for your office chair.
- Back Pain Prevention
Sitting for extended lengths of time can cause major back pain. Sitting too long puts extra pressure on the spine, compressing discs and affecting spine curvature. These factors can lead to pinched nerves, numbness, and back pain.
Using a back support cushion reduces these effects by protecting and maintaining your spine’s natural curve. Less pressure is put on your back and you may experience less back pain that is a direct result of sitting in your office chair.
- Maintaining Proper Posture
Practicing good posture isn’t just important to avoid back pain. Poor posture can also cause headaches, neck problems, and pain in other areas of the body as well. When you’re hunched forward, your diaphragm can’t work at its full capacity to expand your chest and lungs when you breathe - this can lead you to feel tired and less physically able to complete tasks. Slumping forward can also compress your organs and hinder digestion. Bad posture can cause uneven wear and tear on your joints.
Back support cushions promote proper posture and help you maintain good posture habits by providing the support you need to sit up straight. For a more in depth list of the ways, good posture can improve your life, read our blog here!
- Avoiding or Supplementing Treatment
Of course, there are many causes of back pain, and your doctor may recommend one or more types of treatment. If you are interested in avoiding alternative remedies such as medication, physical therapy, or seeing a chiropractor, or if you just want to supplement these types of treatment, a lumbar support cushion may be a good choice for you.
A good lumbar support cushion can be easily used for most types of office chairs and keep your back supported all day long. Your chair alone may not be providing the right level of support. Curious about our selection of back support products? Check out this page.