Optimal Back Support while Working – the Importance of Lumbar Support
For many office goers, sitting in an office chair without comfortable back support can stress the lower back. This could be because of the sitting posture, the lumbosacral discs are loaded three times more than standing and sitting without back support leads to poor posture. This stresses the joints and soft tissues in the spine. Sitting in an office chair or home couch can either cause or increase the lower back pain.
Nowadays, the lifestyle has changed and people no longer have time to rest. Rather, people are always on the go, either working or commuting or home watching TV or computer and so on. Because of this lifestyle, people tend to have a poor posture that makes them hunch over, slouch in the chair etc. While sitting for a long duration, leaning forward or backward increases stress over soft tissues, joints, and discs, which leads to muscle tension and pain in the lower back and the legs.
Lumbar Pillow is important
The lower portion of the spine, just above the hips, naturally curves inwards towards the belly. A lumbar pillow simply fills in the gap between the lumbar spine and the seat and promote good posture by supporting the natural inward curve of the lower back.
It is incredibly difficult to maintain a good posture because the lumbar spine and the large muscles in the lower back have to work harder to support the proper curvature and the alignment. Sitting for long hours make the body tired and the muscles holding the spine in such a position tend to become weak and the upper back along with the head tends to move forward to compensate the weakening of lumbar muscles. The natural tendency is to slouch and lean forward in the chair.
How does Lumbar Pillow help?
The lumbar pillows support the muscles surrounding the spine and relieve the muscle of the responsibility of keeping the spine naturally curved. This support is especially important when seated for a long duration.