Furniture: How should you sit?

I did a lot of sitting this weekend, sitting at the Thanksgiving table talking with family, eating meals and watching football together. When I got back at work today, I sat some more. After all of that sitting, I started to think about my office chair and how I can best put it to use. What is the best way to sit comfortably at a desk, without getting lower back pain or a kink in your neck? Here are some helpful tips that can make a world of a difference in your posture and comfort.

As you sit at your desk, notice your typical posture. Your posture throughout the day contributes to long-term injuries and discomfort. You may sit up straight for a moment when you feel you are being watched, but a 90° angle between your thighs and back is not the ideal posture for long periods of time. Leaning back slightly in a supported slouch lets the back of your chair absorb some of the weight from your back. With proper lumbar support (5 cm off the lower back of your chair), you can decrease disc pressure on your bottom 5 vertebrae.

To minimize the risk of back pain, try a few of these tips:

  • Avoid sitting forward at your desk
  • Change positions frequently during the day
  • Try to take a 5 minute break every hour
  • Take time to move around and stretch once every 2 or 3 hours
  • Staying strong and in shape decreases your risk of experiencing painful symptoms as a result of bad posture

By learning about your office chair, making proper adjustments, and being conscious of your posture, you can relieve future pain and discomfort. If you feel that your office chair isn’t giving you the support you need, ask us for a furniture consultation, ergonomic assessment, or take one of our chairs for a “test drive” to find the best fit for you.