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Lower Back Pain Relief, Get the Best Ergonomic Office Chair

 If you think that just because you are sitting still all day long, there is no stress being placed on your joints, your muscles and your tendons, then you’d better think again. Remaining in one position for long periods of time without moving is one of the most stressful things you can do to your body. It’s one of the reasons so many people have lower back pain, otherwise known as sciatica.

 The computer has made the world a smaller place, but in the process it has wrought a pandemic of muscle spasms, pinched nerves, and vision problems, not to mention carpal tunnel syndrome, all of which have become a sign of our times.

 Ironically, the antidote to these potentially dangerous maladies has arrived via another, equally ingenious category of technology, ergonomic design.

 According to Wikipedia, Ergonomics “is the science of designing user interaction with equipment and workplaces to fit the user.  Proper ergonomic design is necessary to prevent repetitive strain injuries, which can develop over time and can lead to long-term disability”. Remember, not every chair that claims to be ergonomically designed really is, so do your homework to find the best ergonomic office chair to support your lower back and to avoid lower back pain.

 Great ergonomic designs of chairs, stools, desks, arm rests, lighting, and a host of other anti-stress devices have arrived, and none too soon, to save the day (and our bodies). There are now outstanding office chairs ergonomically engineered to keep the body in correct alignment during long days in front of the computer.  We think nothing of investing in the proper sports shoes and golf clubs, but we’ll never make it out to the golf course if the office has “done us in” first.  

 The best office chair for back support and protection is the Aeron Chair by Herman Miller.  It does its job so well, in fact, that it was chosen to be in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

 And there’s another model at Herman Miller, called the “Embody Chair”, designed to increase blood circulation and improve the flow of oxygen to the brain.  Hence, the first ergonomically designed chair that promotes both Mind and Body health.

 One other outstanding back saver is the “Generation Chair” by Knoll. It’s designed to support every position you might strike during the workday.  Accomplished via four independent flexors, the chair changes “intuitively” with motion, and the elastic seat conforms to one’s own individual contours.

 As one who has suffered from lower back pain for years, I am so happy that there are chairs and office furnishings designed specifically to prevent this pain.

 To be sure, no engineering of any description can take the place of daily exercise and stretching.  This practice should be the foundation on which we build our day.  But even with good workout habits, we still need to take precautions against the potentially irreversible damage that can be brought about by not giving the back proper support during marathon days at the computer. Lower back pain relief does happen when you sit in a chair, designed to maintain correct posture, thus keeping you in proper alignment.

 ‘Puter-Potatoes unite and install the best office chair for back support!  You don’t need lower back pain. Don’t sacrifice your health to your work – it’s not necessary and it’s certainly not optimal.


-Karen Saloomey

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