How to sit on a sofa with lower back pain

You’ve likely experienced back pain at some point in your life. Whether that’s from hunching over a desk or wearing uncomfortable shoes, many everyday activities can cause your back to feel stiff and sore. But did you know that your sofa could also be giving you lower back pain?

Many people are prioritising luxury, deep-cushioned seating that offers a high level of comfort. However, recent research suggests that these types of sofas could be the root cause of postural-related problems. If you suspect that your sumptuous settee is upsetting your spine, discover more advice on how to sit on a sofa with lower back pain.

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What is the problem with a soft sofa?

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?

If you experience back pain after lying on your sofa, it’s because the soft upholstery encourages you to lounge — leaving your spine in a ‘C’ shape. This applies excessive pressure on the vertebrae, overstretching the discs, ligaments and muscles that support it, which can lead to chronic backache.

When you consider the amount of time most of us spend sitting down, this can have numerous implications for our health. According to GOV.UK, the average adult in the UK spends over seven hours per day doing sedentary activities. This figure increases to nine hours or more as we get older. With an estimated eight out of ten British people experiencing lower back pain at least once in their lifetime, it may be time to consider if your sofa is right for you.

How to sit on a sofa with lower back pain

To stave off postural problems caused by sitting incorrectly, it’s important to make sure that your neck, shoulders and spine are properly supported.

To reduce the risk of lower back pain as you sit on a sofa, ensure that you:

  • Sit with your knees level with your hips.
  • Keep your thighs parallel to the floor.
  • Make sure your neck and spine are straight.
  • Ensure your lower back is properly supported.
  • Keep both of your feet flat on the floor
  • Try to avoid crossing your legs or lounging with your feet up on the sofa.

It’s best to avoid crossing your legs when you sit on your sofa as this can cause you to adopt an awkward bending posture, leading to stiffness, aches and pain.

“My Blenheim recliner chair has done a lot for my back and shoulder. I have noticed improvements in my back and I am walking a lot better since I have had my chair.

It has given me a lot of relief off my shoulders, I love that I can put the chair in the position where I get the most relief and stress off my back. I haven’t regretted this purchase, not one bit!”

Mr Lunnon, from Hitchin

What type of chair is good for back pain?

Riser Recliner Chairs are designed to sit snugly against your lower spine to encourage good posture and alleviate pressure on your neck, shoulders and back. The position of the back and leg rest can also be adjusted to provide an optimal position that offers the most comfort.

Plus, our riser recliner chairs feature a built-in auto lift system to help you get from sitting to standing positions with ease. By smoothly lifting you into an upright position, the auto-lift system avoids unnecessary strain on your back, reducing the risk of further injury or discomfort.

Riser recliner chairs are available in multiple sizes, including Standard, Petite and Grande for options that fit conveniently into your home. Should you prefer a sofa, our Two-Seater Sofas and Three-Seater Sofas give you the same, comfortable experience with enough space to share with a loved one or two.

If you want to buy a riser recliner chair or find out more about how they can offer effective relief from back pain, shop our Riser Recliner Chairs or get in touch today.


How to choose a riser recliner chair that’s right for you

Each of our chairs is built specifically for your individual needs and proportions, for maximum comfort and support.

Our expert assessors will conduct a thorough assessment of your requirements to get a clear understanding of the right chair for you. From vibrating massage systems to cushioned headrests for extra support, our riser recliners for the elderly and those with reduced mobility are designed to take back control of your comfort.

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