When you have chronic back pain, the wrong kind of chair can cause excruciating pain. You can’t choose what kind of chair to use when you’re out in public. But at home and at work, having chairs that would alleviate back pain can spell the difference between having a good day and being miserable. To make your home and your workspace a sanctuary from pain, here are three chairs you need to get for yourself.
1. Ergonomic Chairs for Back Pain
Your home should be a sanctuary, a place where you can forget about your pain and worries. So when shopping for chairs in your home, make sure they can provide ergonomic support, especially if you plan to occupy them for long periods at a time, like the ones in your living room.
Invest in comfort, support and stability first. Look for sofas and couches that are of the right height, upholstered with firm cushioning that molds to the shape of your body, and enough back support that allows you to rest your back naturally. And the great thing about these ergonomic chairs is that they come in a wide variety of styles, shapes and size, so finding one that would fit your décor shouldn’t be difficult.
2. Exercise Chair
Doing Pilates is a great way to strengthen your back, improve your posture and alleviate back pain. To get the maximum benefit from a Pilates workout, it would be best if you had a Pilates machine. But the problem with these machines is they’re too big, complicated and expensive to maintain.
A good alternative would be to invest instead on a Pilates exercise chair. A Pilates exercise chair is a cushioned bench with a pedal and resistance springs to help with stretching and resistance exercises.
3. Posture Support Chair
For work, it’s best to invest on a posture support chair. For most people, chronic back pain is caused by bad posture. That’s because bad posture shifts your body weight on muscles that were not meant for that purpose. This causes unnecessary muscle strain, causing pain. When bad posture isn’t corrected, it can cause a host of complications like chronic pain, stress, fatigue, depression, etc.
The best way to combat bad posture is to maintain good posture. But it’s difficult, and sometimes impossible to maintain good posture without support. If you force yourself to maintain the same posture for hours at a time, your muscles tire and you’ll eventually end up slouching.
That’s why for work, especially if you work on your desk most of the time, it’s best to invest in a posture support chair. Posture chairs support your back so you can maintain proper posture even when you’re tired. This prevents muscle strain because it helps maintain the spine’s elongated, mild S shape while giving your back muscles a chance to relax.