It is common knowledge that sitting in a chair all day is bad not only your health but also for your back, but why is this? Back pain is a common problem and can be made worse if you are continuously sat at a desk all day for work. Typically the wrong office chair can place your back into an almost straight position when it should actually curve inwards. It also puts a lot of pressure on both the muscles and spinal discs in your back.

Symptoms:

They are many symptoms that can indicate you are suffering from back pain. These include:

- An ache, dull pain or soreness in the back.
- Any difficulty moving with ease.
- Pain that spreads to the groin or upper thighs.
- In some cases, there can even be muscle spasms.

Here are 4 things that you can do to help ease the pain and prevent any further injury:

1. Correct Posture

Having an incorrect posture whilst sitting is the most common cause of lower back pain. Fixing your posture is one of the most important steps you can take to help prevent back pain. So, what is the correct way to sit at a desk?

- Ensure that your feet are flat on the floor or if you have a footrest, flat on there.
- Your computer screen should be directly in front of you with the top of the screen at eye level.
- Correctly adjust the chair to support your lower back, your knees should be slightly lower than your hips.
- Also, your arms should be parallel to the floor either resting on armrests or alternatively your desk.

2. Choose the right chair

Another common cause of lower back pain is having a poor quality office chair. If you cannot adjust either the back or the height of your chair then you should consider making a change. An ergonomic desk chair is specifically designed to help relieve the pressure on your lower back as well as reduce and prevent any further pain. Finding the right chair could be the answer to your back problems.

3. Take regular breaks

By standing up or taking a walk least once an hour, whether that is to get a quick drink or to go to the printer, you can help relieve the strain on your back. Taking frequent short breaks is better for your health than taking fewer longer ones.

4. Invest in a Sit-Stand Desk

If you find that your issue is sitting down for long periods of time, then why not try working between sitting down and standing up? This is now possible thanks to the sit stand desks that Herman Miller, Humanscale and Elite offer. They allow you to both sit at your desk and work or extend it to standing level if and when you need a break from sitting.

For more information on Sit Stand Desks or Ergonomic Task Chairs, contact us today.