Chances are, you’ve probably experienced backache at some point in your life. From hunching over desks to wearing uncomfortable shoes, there are many everyday activities that can cause your back to feel stiff and sore. However, did you know that your sofa could also be wreaking havoc on this part of your body? Today, more and more people are opting for luxury, deep cushioned seating that offers a high level of comfort. However, recent research suggests that these comfortable sofas could be to blame for a range of postural-related problems. If you suspect that your sumptuous settee could be causing your backache and you want to find out more, read on.
What is the problem with soft sofas?
There’s nothing better than sinking into a cosy sofa at the end of the day, right? But have you ever stopped to think about what it could be doing to your health? Sofas that are low and have soft upholstery encourage you to lounge and slump so that your spine ends up in a ‘C’ shape. This can add an excessive amount of pressure on the vertebrae and overstretch the discs, ligaments and muscles that support it, which can eventually lead to chronic backache.
When you take into account the amount of time most of us spend sitting down, this can only spell bad news for our health. According to the NHS, on average, adults in the UK spend in excess of seven hours a day doing sedentary activities. As we get older, this can increase to as much as 10 hours a day. Meanwhile, it is estimated that around eight out of ten British people suffer from bouts of back pain at least once in their life.
How can backache be avoided?
To stave off postural problems caused by sitting incorrectly, it’s important to make sure that your neck, shoulders and spine are properly supported. Sit with your knees level with your hips, keep your thighs parallel with the floor and your neck and spine straight. Your lower back should be properly supported and both of your feet should be flat on the floor. Try to avoid crossing your legs or lounging with your feet up on the sofa, as this can cause you to adopt an awkward bending posture that can lead to stiffness, aches and pain.
The benefits of a riser recliner chair
Riser recliner chairs have been proven to help with a range of back ailments. Not only does the back of the chair sit snug against the lower spine to encourage good posture and minimise pressure on the neck, shoulders and back, but you can also adjust the position of the back and leg rest to find a position that offers you the most comfort. Riser recliner chairs can also assist you in getting from a sitting position to a standing position without putting strain on your back, reducing the risk of any further discomfort or injury.
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