PUBLISHED ON 05 DEC 2017 BY MELANIE LAWRENCE
Finding the best ergonomic office chair for back pain can still be tough...
Some chairs fit better than the others or are better quality.
Fortunately there is a quite a few great options out there!
Here is what we did.
Below you will find the best 5 (from the price/quality perspective) chairs that have proven record of helping people with bad backs.
When it comes to back pain solving office chairs, their design must match yours in order for them to work.
Lorell (full review) did a good job and put a "nice smooth curve to the back that supports the full back through the mid-upper spine".
It also has other adjustment options, which help make it comfortable...for under $200 (at the time of writing).
HM's Aeron (full review) is a top class chair with a top class attitude.
Designed over 20 years ago, this machine could only get better.
And it did.
Even NASA folks use it for their back pain!
The name 'Steelcase' stands for quality, comfort and functionality.
Leap (full review) is the #1 sold chair they have.
It's packed with all sorts of tools that help with back pain.
The chair is quite unique in how it deals with it.
HON, a great company that offers great products at great price, developed the VL700 Series (full review).
It's been out there for some time and received quite a number of positive reviews from all kinds of users.
Quality, style and low back support are all integral parts to this chair.
Serta (full review) has been the leading company in comfort products industry for well over 75 years.
Its Health & Wellness Serta Back in Motion office chair offers amazing support feature known as Active Seating Technology (AST).
AST replicates the pelvic tilt exercise and gives support and continuous motion by pivoting lumbar and the seat with you while moving.
It is difficult to deny this fact that sitting in your office chair for a longer period of time has a direct link with low back pain.
If you have a current back problem, you will surely agree with me. The basic reason behind back pain is prolonged sitting in a static position. This sitting posture increases stress in your back, arms, legs, and shoulders.
There will be lots of pressure on your spinal discs and back muscles.
Fortunately, you can address this problem because numerous ergonomic chairs are available for office use.
It is essential for you to choose an ergonomic chair for office use. A good chair not only promotes a good posture, but supports your lower back.
Numerous types of office chairs are available and there are numerous factors to consider while purchasing an office chair.
Do you know about factors and features of an ergonomic office chair?
For your convenience, important features are mentioned below.
An office chair should have an adjustable seat; therefore, buy a chair with an inflatable adjustment lever.
The height of a seat may vary between 16 and 21 inches off your floor for numerous people.
It allows you to keep your feet flat on the floor without putting extra pressure on the back of thighs.
On the other hand, compression on the back of thighs can hamper the blood supply to feet and lower legs.
It will result in numb and tired legs.
The adjustable seat is good to adjust a chair as per the height of a table.
This posture is essential to avoid lower back pain.
Without enough width and depth of seat, you can’t sit comfortably on a chair.
The standard width of a chair is 17 to 20 inches.
The depth (front – back of seat) should have sufficient space for a sitter to leave almost 2 – 4 inches between the back of your knees and seat of a chair.
Buy a chair with adjustable backward and forward tilt.
Some chairs come with adjustable depth for maximum convenience of a user.
In simple words, the seat should allow you to sit at the back of a chair without pressing the back of knees.
The backrest must provide sufficient support to your lumbar.
It is an important element to consider while selecting an office chair.
Lumbar spine contains an inward arc and this arc needs proper support while sitting for a prolonged period.
Without sufficient support, this arc may slouch to flatten the curve.
It will result in strains in your lower spine.
A good office chair with sufficient lumber adjustment can protect your inward curves of the lower back.
Carefully check the shape and size of the backrest of a chair to get maximum support for middle and lower back.
The backrest should be designed in a way to maintain natural S-shape of the spine, while you are sitting.
The backrest of an ideal office chair may vary between 12 and 19 inches wide.
Some chairs come with separate backrest that is easy to adjust in angle and height.
Check the shape of backrest because it must offer support to the natural curve of the spine and offer maximum support to the lumbar area.
Some office chairs come with one-piece backrest and seat.
In this situation, make sure to choose a chair with adjustable backrest in back and forward angles.
Check the locking mechanism of the backrest to secure it to its place after determining an appropriate angle.
Backrest title allows you to sit in different postures, such as semi-reclined and upright.
While sitting on an office chair, make sure to make an angle between 90 and 105 degrees between your back and thighs.
It will keep your chest and abdomen open and increase the breathability of your body.
In this posture, you will be able to send more oxygen to the muscles of your body.
Keep it in mind that human body can’t beer static postures for a prolonged period.
If you are working for a longer period, it is essential to select a chair with an ability to sprawl.
The chair should allow you to make slight movements instead of fiddling continually.
The movements of a chair rely on your body weight; hence, select a chair with auto adjustments for weight.
Make sure to adjust the tension of the backrest of your chair to sit in a complete balance.
It will help you to sit in a good posture without exerting extra force on your back.
If you want to spend a major part of your day in a chair, you will need proper support for your arms.
Fixed armrests are good for irregular use only, but you will need adjustable armrest for prolonged use to adjust height.
Some chairs may allow you to lower the adjustable arms to go under your desk while relaxing in a chair.
The best chair must let you change the width as per the width of your body.
If both armrests evade you getting close to your desk or table, you will not be able to utilize your backrest correctly and lose your lumbar support.
It is an essential feature while working in your office.
This feature allows you to easily access other parts of desk or table.
A chair without swivel feature may put extra pressure on your back because you have to frequently turn your back.
The seat backrest and armrest should have firm padding to support your body.
It will make you feel soft on pressure points and avoid any hard feeling on the base of your pelvis.
Choose a chair with permeable covers to let your seat breathe and decrease the heat buildup on your seat.
Keep it in mind to avoid sitting on a chair for a prolonged period without any break.
Make sure to do some simple stretches.
Short and frequent breaks are better for your mental and physical health.
These guidelines will help you to get a comfortable chair.
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There are many office chairs on the market, but finding the best chair for back pain can be quite difficult.
I hope our guide and suggestions above were helpful.
Melanie Lawrence for MyErgonomicChair.com
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Melanie Lawrence is passionate about helping people overcome their musculoskeletal problems, pains and strains.
She writes exclusively for MyErgonomicChair.com on those subjects.
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