What to do when my office chair is unbearable to sit in long periods of time?
Three Things to Do to Make an Uncomfortable Office Chair More Bearable
1) Adding On Extra Lumbar Support Via External back pad
Before adding back-pad pillow support, check if you have adjustable lumbar feature. Budget office chairs might not have this feature all together.
If your lower back starts to ache from extended sitting, lack of proper lumbar support is the usual culprit.
For the DIY types, you can make your own lumbar support pad using household items like a tempurpedic pillow, bungee cords, and a pillowcase.
2) Adjust the Height Between Desk or Chair
Whether it be over extending your arms or cramping them together like a T-Rex, it’s bad ergonomics!
If your chair is too low from the desired workstation. Back pain may peek its ugly head as more tension gets put on it.
- This is from hip joints staying in flex to keep the knees above the hips.
When your chair is too high, you might only touch the floor with your tippy-toes or your feet will hover off the floor. Sitting with your feet groundless and constantly dangling.
- This leads to less than ideal circulation in the back of the thighs which causes discomfort and even numbness.