Long, rigid sitting places stress on the lumbar vertebrae in particular. Sitting on one side, especially in the lower back, leads to poor posture. Pain or problems with the intervertebral discs are as good as inevitable. But lumbar support office chairs - that is, office chairs with a lumbar support - can effectively relieve the lower back. Also called lumbar support, they support the lumbar region and effectively prevent bad posture and associated back problems.
What is a lumbar support?
The lumbar support is the part in the lower area of the backrest that adapts to the natural S-curve of the spine towards the front. The pad at waist level supports the normal posture of the spine. Because the lower back is naturally bent forward towards the abdomen and is held by the muscles. However, too little exercise or poor posture can slacken the muscles. This can cause the spine to bulge too much forwards or backwards and, under certain circumstances, promote the formation of a hollow back or flat back. An ergonomic office chair with a lumbar support counteracts this process.
Test the lumbar support with a towel
Whether you find the S upholstery in the lower back comfortable, you can test it for yourself comfortably at home on a standard office chair. Simply place a pillow or a rolled-up towel between your lower back and the back of the chair. Since every back is very individual and different, the lumbar support should be adjustable both in terms of height and curvature. When adjusting the lumbar support, attention should be paid to subjective well-being. Warning: a lot doesn't help much. In any case, the support should provide a comfortable, easily perceptible and upright hold.
Which office chair best supports the back when sitting depends on personal requirements. Your own body weight and height play just as much a role as the individual symptoms. Anyone who has already had a herniated disc in the lumbar spine could benefit from an office chair with lumbar support when sitting. Depending on the shape and subjective feeling, the lumbar support is ideally located in the inwardly curved area of the lower spine or a little lower at the level of the bony iliac crest.
The lumbar support - what it's good for
Science has now discovered that anyone who sits a lot sins. Wedged between the chair and the backrest, the lower back in particular suffers. In the following points we will explain briefly what is important in an office chair - and what a lumbar support is good for.
Lumbar support office chairs promote healthy sitting. When used correctly, a lumbar support provides targeted support for the lumbar area. This supports the natural lordosis of the spine when sitting. The ergonomic shape adapts to the physiological S-curve of the back. The lumbar support ensures that the back assumes a healthy sitting position.
Lumbar support office chairs prevent bad posture. Doctors call the natural curvature of the spine in the neck and lumbar region lordosis. If this S-shape deviates from the normal size, i.e. if the spine is curved too strongly (hollow back) or too weakly (flat back), physical complaints can arise. Bad posture in particular can cause back pain or headaches and lead to herniated discs and neurological disorders such as numbness. Provided that the backrest is correctly adjusted, a lumbar support effectively prevents incorrect posture. The lumbar support should be at the level of the waist or the iliac crest, if possible.
Lumbar support office chairs prevent back problems. Muscles can get tired during long office work. But the lumbar support prevents the back from collapsing. Because a cushion in the lower area of the backrest relieves the muscles. The forward arched lumbar support supports the lower back in its natural sitting position - and minimizes the risk of back problems.
Lumbar support office chairs alleviate existing back problems. One of the most common consequences of hyperlordosis is a herniated disc in the lower back. Because due to the misalignment of the vertebrae, the intervertebral discs wear out faster. For people who work mainly while sitting, a better sitting posture is recommended as the first therapeutic measure in addition to dynamic sitting. An office chair with a lumbar support supports the back in its natural sitting position.
Office chairs with lumbar support for working
With the ZEN-LS model, HARA CHAIR has created a classic office chair that also has an integrated lumbar support. The ergonomic backrest follows the natural S-curve of the spine. The incorporated upholstery in the lower area of the backrest primarily supports the lumbar spine. This office swivel chair is therefore suitable for all those who want to sit a lot and support their lower back. The ZEN-LS model can be indicated especially for people with a strong hollow back or after a herniated disc, as this office chair reduces discomfort. The well-padded backrests of the CAE and ZEN models also have a lumbar support. The integrated S-curve in the backrest supports and relieves the back when sitting.
Which model is “the” right office chair for your lower back depends on your personal requirements. The body weight plays a role as well as the individual symptoms. If you have already had a herniated disc in the lumbar spine, you could benefit from a lumbar support. You can try for yourself at home with a rolled up towel or pillow whether you find the S-padding in the lower back comfortable.
Order your office chair with lumbar support in the HARA CHAIR online shop. Our staff will be happy to advise you and will contact you immediately by phone or email. Tell us your height and weight. And if you suffer from back problems, this information would also be relevant for the selection of a suitable office chair.
We will check for you whether you have chosen the right HARA CHAIR model. We want to ensure that the model meets your ergonomic and orthopedic requirements. We will only send you your office chair after a personal consultation.