Why is lumbar support important?
Here at Core, we are passionate about ergonomics – the scientific study of how people interact with the things they use, particularly in terms of comfort, efficiency, and effectiveness.
Over the years, office ergonomics have come a long way to bring solutions to issues in terms of comfort at work. These solutions are needed in order to increase productivity and reduce the pain people experience whilst working. Lumbar support is one of these solutions and this article will explain what it is and how you can ensure you get the most out of it.
Whilst taking part in seated tasks, our lower backs come under pressure and strain. Whether we are driving, sitting in an office chair, or otherwise seated –the fragile lumbar region at the bottom of our backs is at risk of damage. This is particularly the case if we are sitting down for long periods of time.
What does lumbar support do?
Lumbar support assists in reducing the amount of pressure put on our lower backs throughout a range of activities. It is often found within a lumbar support cushion which can be bought and added to a car seat or other chair. These days however, many office chairs are designed with lumbar support built-in.
Whether it’s a separate lumbar support cushion or it’s built-in, the fabric it’s typically manufactured in is both hygienic and breathable. The breathable element reduces discomfort and eliminates perspiration usually caused by a build-up of heat.
How does lumbar support work?
Lumbar support works by helping to maintain the natural curvature of the spine. It also helps to prevent slouching which can injure and damage our muscles, discs, nerves, and vertebrae.
For these reasons, lumbar support is not something that should be overlooked. Physically it is of great benefit however, as a result of the comfort it leads to, it can also keep us and our workers on task and focused, as it minimises fidgeting in the chair and the distraction of discomfort.
How can I make the most of lumbar support?
To get the most out of your lumbar support you need to try to ensure that you are:
- Sitting at the back of your seat
- Sitting upright and not slouching with your head, shoulders and pelvis in alignment of one another
- Keeping both feet on the floor firmly
- Keeping your hips and knees to a right angle position
- Taking regular breaks to have a walk around, stretch your legs and rest your eyes
Lumbar support is an effective way to look after your long term health. It’s essential to anybody who spends time sitting down, be it at your desk, at home, or in the driver’s seat. Here at Design Office, we have an excellent range of ergonomic chairs to suit everyone’s taste and budget. Why not take a look here to see more of the range.
If you want to learn more about lumbar support, talk to one of our ergonomic specialists. They can also help with furnishing your office, so send over an email or give us a call to find out more.