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Correct Sitting Posture by Lumbar Support

How to Correct Sitting Posture

As more jobs become desk based or sedentary, more and more people are spending long periods of time sitting in chairs. The optimal sitting position is achieved by keeping the spine in what is known as a neutral position, whilst positioning the legs so your feet are flat on the floor, with feet and knees roughly hip width apart, and maintaining correct arm posture.

While the spine can maintain a natural curvature without lower back support provided by the seat back, the natural tendency for most people when sitting for a long period is to slouch forward. This slouching posture pushes the lower back out, so that the natural inward curve goes in the opposite direction - outward toward the chair - straining the structures in the lower back.

Sitting in an office chair all day without proper lumbar support can prevent your back from moving as much as it needs to. This can lead to discomfort and a loss of productivity. Research shows that sitting posture impacts productivity. If you’re uncomfortable or fatigued, you will likely have difficulty staying focused and productive at work.

If your chest is too far back, you will need to rest into the back of the chair – and, as we know, you don’t need the back on a chair if you sit in it correctly. Leaning back into the backrest of your chair increases the pressure on the three areas of your spine but is particularly bad for your lumbar spine and neck.

If you sit with your weight too far forward, you will either lean forward (using your muscles to hold you there) or, more commonly, lean on your desk. Again, this puts extra pressure on the lower back and neck.

Sitting correctly and protecting the lumbar spine can lead to improvements throughout the whole spine and even your neck and head position too. Once the pelvis is in the correct position, the rib cage needs to be placed in a straight line over the pelvis. This straight line makes the lumbar spine curve inwards (medically known as a lordosis).

Most people find the position hard to hold at first. In fact, most people can’t hold the posture for more than five minutes initially. Try the position and increase the hold time gradually until you can hold for 20 minutes. You need to find the middle position so it may be best to go all the way forward, then all the way back a few times until you get a good gauge for where the middle is.

Lumbar support improves your posture by helping you sit in an upright, ergonomically sound position. Most office chairs have lumbar support, but only premium ergonomic office chairs allow you to adjust their height and tension (firmness). You’ll encounter problems if your lumbar support is too low, or too high. It needs to be just right.

Portable lumbar back support may be a smart choice if your office can' offer premium ergonomic office chair . A curved lumbar support, fitted to the seat back of an office chair, can be manually placed to fit the proper areas of the lumbar region. These cushions can be used in conjunction with most types of chairs to best fit the individual's need. Some products may be inflatable to increase or decrease the amount of support. Again, many portable lumbar supports are designed to have a particular end facing up and the other down. This type of support may be transferred to the office chair, to use in chairs at home, in the car, etc.

It is important that the back be flush because this is what provides the support for the lower back. Overall, the lumbar back support should keep the spine in a very natural position. It should not overly accentuate the inward curve, nor should it feel unsupported.

If you are looking for a suitable lumbar support, please be aware some facts:

  • A lumbar depth of between 1.5cm to 5cm works well for most people.

  • People with a higher BMI (Body Mass Index) generally benefit from taller lumbar support that targets higher up the back.

  • Women benefit from a more pronounced lumbar support due to the increased curvature in their lower back..

LittleMum Lumbar support is recommended. When sitting in an office chair, a good lumbar back support should be flush against the small of the back. LittleMum lumbar supports are shaped specifically so that one end should be positioned up and the other down. When placed correctly, LittleMum lumbar support should provide the following benefits:

  • Ears, shoulders, and pelvis (hips) are kept in alignment

  • Natural inward curvature of the lower spine is maintained

Lumbar back support pillow

LittleMum Lumbar support comes with smart size to fit neatly into the small of your back without being bulky, and fits the curve of your back perfectly. It is made of food-grade silicone, not too hard, or too soft, ensures cushion strength and support qualities are retained under continued load bearing; ventilation holes enhance air circulation to keep your back cool and dry. Moreover, ten acupressure nodes designed for myofascial sooth your back pain.

Lumbar Back Support for office chair

It is portable and transportable with adjustable elastic straps to offer a secure fit, a perfect travel companion for air plane, train or bus that ensures comfort and back pain relief, fitting all seat and chair types. You can purchase it via Amazon by clicking link left or Via LittleMum official website.

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