There is more to caring for your back than a few regular visits to your chiropractor. A simple way to maintain and promote good back health is to make sure you have the right furniture to support you. Whether you are asleep at home or sitting at your desk at work, you need to ensure your spine is being supported in the best way possible to avoid pain and injury.
Here are a few handy tips to keep in mind when selecting furniture for the home or office:
Look for lumbar support
The natural shape of your lower back is an inward curve, chairs that offer lumbar support are curved to provide support and avoid slouching. Without support in this area many of us will lean forward or backward at our desks, flattening the spine and putting strain on it in ways it shouldn’t be strained. Chairs can either have a simple curve offering rudimentary support or an adjustable system so that each individual can tailor the support to their own back. The choice comes down to comfort. If you feel you are not supported in the right way then that chair is not for you.
Think outside the box
There are multiple alternatives to the traditional office chair which can promote better posture in the workplace. Some of these include:
Get the right bed for your back
Unfortunately there is no single type of bed that suits all and no conclusive research stating which style is best, so when it comes to choosing go with what suits you. When selecting a mattress, make sure you find out how the bed supports which areas and what systems are involved. Different springs, coils and components will have different effects on your back, so test them out and understand which suits you. Ultimately you need to find the right balance between back support and comfort. While it may be a little tricky, once you understand how the mattress works and what components suit your back best, you will be able to make a decision that suits you.