Back Pain Home Remedies: Check Your Chair
The ergonomic environment at your home office, desk chair, and even your car seat may effect how much compression you are putting on your spine. If you spend too much time seated in one position, it may exacerbate your back pain, weaken muscles that protect your spine, and compress the intervertebral discs that protect your spinal chord. To reduce some of this compression, you might want to purchase a more back friendly chair. You might also want to consider the way you sit in your chair and the amount of time that you spend in your chair. Overall, you will cause less lumbar compression by moving around as much as possible, in and out of your chair, and you might provide yourself with a lot of back pain and neck pain relief by sitting in a back friendly chair.
Back Pain Home Remedies - Check Your Chair. In a work environment, a high-quality desk chair should provide comfortable lower back support. The back of your desk chair should have a shape that follows the natural curve of your spine. If your desk chair doesn't provide comfortable lower-back support, get a new chair or buy one that you can put behind you for while you are working at your desk. Back supports for desk chairs and car seats may include cushions that go under the person's bottom (to support the patient's sacrum and coccyx) or behind them (to support the lower back). The Adjustable Air Plus Lumbar Support from Vitality Web has straps that can secure to the back of any chair, and can be inflated to provide custom support to an person's lower back and torso.
A good desk chair should provide good lumbar support, either by itself or with a supplemental seat or cushion as mentioned above. The back of the chair should lean back slightly. Your rear and lower and middle back should be leaning back slightly against the back of the chair rather than leaning forward toward your desk or the computer. The height of the chair should be such that your pelvis is at a 90 degree angle to your thighs, and your thighs are at a 90 degree angle to your lower leg (below the knees). Your feet should be flat on the floor. If you work in front of a keyboard and computer screen, your chair and body should be pointed straight at it. You should adjust the height of the chair so that your thighs and arms are parallel to the floor and your eyes are level with the top of the monitor. If you need to, you should put books under the computer monitor until your eyes are parallel to the top of the monitor. The setup will benefit your posture and put less compression on your spine.
Even with a good lumbar supportive chair and posture at your desk, spine doctors recommend that you don't get too comfortable in it. Doctors recommend that you constantly move your body around in it, back and forth, and side to side to prevent decompression.