Why a Lumbar Support is Crucial & How It Works

30th May 2018

What is a lumbar support?

First things first, let's get to grips with the actual definition of a lumbar support. Generally speaking, the lumbar region refers to the lower spine or the surrounding area of the back. So, a lumbar support is a mechanism or feature that supports this region. And when it comes to sitting at your desk all day, there's nothing more important than adequate lumbar support. Usually, these crucial supports come in the form of a cushion that is either built into your office chair or can be attached separately.

How does it work?

Sitting in an office chair can often be very uncomfortable. It can lead to a whole host of back, neck and shoulder problems, especially if your chair isn't ergonomically designed. A lumbar support is very effective in helping to prevent these problems from arising. Of course, practising a good posture and adjusting the height of your chair is great but a little extra support is often needed. A lumbar cushion promotes a more natural spine position than the back of a chair on its own. If your spine is forced into an unnatural shape for too long, these inevitable back problems can arise. Think of it in a similar light to memory foam mattresses. The support curves around your spine in a moulded shape and causes naturally better posture.

Investing in good support

If you suffer from back problems whilst sitting at your desk, it's time to pay attention and resolve these issues. Here is a list of lumbar supports that we recommend you research and invest in:

Alternatively, you might consider an entirely new chair if your current office chair isn't particularly ergonomic. This is what we would recommend the most and what will make the most difference. Here's one that we stock on our website and you can currently buy for £94.99 in the sale.

Scanon padded office chair in black (Lakeland Furniture)

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