If you're like many people, you have to spend long hours sitting in an office chair. This can lead to fatigue and discomfort. Fortunately, there are several accessories you can purchase for your chair that can increase your comfort and cut down on tight or sore muscles. Consider the following for your specific complaints.
Lower back pain
Pain in the lower back is usually caused by a combination of poor posture and no lower back support. When it comes to support, you can try to slip a pillow behind your back. This can be helpful for some, but it's loose nature can cause it to shift and become uncomfortable for others.
Another option is to get a lower back cushion that straps in place. The straps allow you to position it just right for your needs. There are even varieties that are heated or have massage capabilities if you want a little more luxury. The heated varieties, in particular, can go a long way toward relieving lower back pain.
Poor posture is the root of most chair discomfort, and lower back support doesn't always fix the problem. Fortunately, there are ways to improve your posture. An ergonomic mesh support can be used instead of a lumbar support cushion. These force your back into proper posture. As an added benefit, they also increase air circulation which can help keep you cool if your office is warm.
Another option is to get a ball chair. These chairs consist of an exercise ball on a rolling base. There are even versions with attached back supports. Sitting on the ball forces you into proper posture, while also exercising your core so your back muscles become stronger.
Hip and leg discomfort
Most hip and leg discomfort occurs when you must adjust the chair to higher setting to properly reach the desk, but your legs don't rest on the floor properly. Investing in a low stool to rest your feet flat upon can help remedy the issue.
In some cases, you may have knee and hip pain because your desk and chair is too low. Switching to a taller desk or a standing desk, perhaps equipped with an office stool, may relieve this pain. There are also ergonomic kneeling chairs that are designed so you can comfortably fold your legs beneath you while sitting.
Talk to an office furniture supplier for more chair comfort tips.
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