by Devin Cox,  LAT, ATC, CEAS I, CP-S

Are you experiencing low back pain while working from home or sitting in the office? If so, here are some things to look at. Our bodies aren’t meant to sit all day or for that fact to stand all day either. Our bodies like movement.

Sitting in a chair all day at the computer can take a toll on our low backs. This could come from leaning forward in your chair, having an improper chair and gravity. When we are sitting, we have gravity pushing us down and the seat holding us up therefore increasing the pressure on our low back. If you have a sit-stand desk then make sure to switch from sitting and standing every 45 minutes to an hour. If you don’t have a sit-stand desk and can’t get one, then set a timer on your phone for every 45 to an hour to stand up and walk around to get your blood flowing.

You also want to make sure that the chair you are using fits you comfortably. Every person is a different size, so you want to make sure your chair is right for you. Here are the things to make your ergonomic chair has. This way you are fitting the chair to you and you aren’t trying to fit the chair. You might be considering using an exercise ball at your desk which can be beneficial but there are limitations that should be observed.

 

  • Adjustable height
  • Adjustable arm rests
  • Adjustment seat pan
  • Lumbar support
  • Seat tilt tension

 

Don’t just sit, take a stand, and help your low back!