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Experiencing Back Pain? It Could be Your Desk Chair

Experiencing Back Pain? It Could be Your Desk Chair

Corey Hanson |

Back Pain Could be Helped by an Ergonomic Chair

Millions of people every year suffer from back pain. What if getting a new ergonomic chair was able to significantly improve that? Having an ergonomic chair will help tremendously, but only if you choose one that’s right for your body and you set it up correctly. First, make sure you set the elbows at a 90-degree angle when you place your hands on the desk and keyboard. It’s best if your chair has an armrest to keep your arms raised slightly at the shoulders. This will remove the strain from your upper back. Next, check that your thighs are at an appropriate angle. You should be able to easily slide your hand between your thigh and the chair. If this proves difficult, put a footrest under your feet. If there is a big space between your thigh and the chair, your desk needs to be higher.

You need to keep a curve in your lower back, which you can do by adding a small pillow to the back of your chair. However, you will still need to pay attention to your posture to avoid putting stress on the lumbar discs of your back.

Staying Active

It’s important to move around often, even when you have a high-quality chair set up correctly. Your back will thank you for changing posture regularly.

There’s no need for these breaks to be long. Just take a couple minutes every half hour to stretch or walk around. For instance, you could use the opportunity to head to the water cooler or talk with a coworker. Whenever you can, take a break for around 20 minutes for a proper stroll that will get your blood circulating around your spine, joints, muscles, and ligaments.

Alternatives to a Standard Desk Chair

Another option is to spend more of the day standing. With an adjustable ergonomic workstation, you can switch between sitting and standing throughout the day to take pressure off your back.

Find ergonomic radiology workstations at Biomorph. You’ll be able to work comfortably without back pain. Sitting or standing you’ll have plenty of space for all your equipment. Contact us to customize a workstation for your needs.