How to Choose the Best Chair for Back Pain
If you find that you have pain or stiffness after sitting down for long periods of time, at work or in front of the TV, you might benefit from an orthopaedic chair.
Orthopaedic chairs are specially designed to alleviate a variety of ailments including joint pain, backache, arthritic conditions and headaches, providing the support you need to sit comfortably.
Here at HSL, we know a good orthopaedic chair when we see one, but we understand that this isn’t the case for everyone.
So, we’ve listed the most important features that will help you to find the best chair for back pain and posture.
Here’s what to look out for:
1. Neck, back and hip support
First and foremost, you want to make sure that the chair you choose encourages good posture and provides support where you need it most. Not all orthopaedic chairs for back pain are created equal and each gives different levels of support.
We’ve broken this down into three key areas: neck, back and hip.
When you lean back, the headrest should encourage proper neck and shoulder alignment to reduce any unwanted tension or stiffness in the upper body. This means that your head is fully supported, your eye line is level and your shoulders are relaxed.
The best chairs for back pain will support your spine from the top of your back and neck right down to the lower (lumbar) region, to give holistic pain back relief.
Look to see whether the chair supports the natural curvature of your spine, curving inwards lower down. This will realign your posture by preventing you from slouching or hunching over; essential when sitting for any length of time.
To support your hips, your bottom should fit snuggly into the base of the chair and your lower back should be flush against the back of the seat. Cushioning should also provide hip support and ensure your knees are aligned with your hips to reduce any pressure in this region of your body. When you sit down, you should feel perfectly balanced.
Top tip: check to see if your chair is occupational therapist-approved. This means it has been thoroughly tested and evaluated by an independent health professional and meets a high standard.
2. Correct sizing
Another key consideration is whether the chair fits you properly. Every body is different so there is no one-size-fits-all orthopaedic chair for back pain. Ideally, you should be assessed to discover your unique needs and opt for the chair that suits you most.
We, offer a variety of different sizes and features to cater for different owners. Our 7-Point Seating Assessment allows us to make sure that every part of your body is fully supported, so you get the best possible fit. This includes everything from seat depth to lumbar support and neck alignment.
3. Supportive transfer
For the elderly or disabled, ensuring that you can easily get in and out of the chair easily is also important. Things to look for in the best orthopaedic chairs are the right seat height and depth as well as arm positioning. This means that you can sit and rise on your own, without help from others.
4. High-quality material
Finally, you want a chair material that is both comfortable and practical – and looks the part too. Most chairs are available in a range of fabrics and leathers, so you can choose the one that’s right for you. Just because it’s an orthopaedic chair doesn’t mean it can’t be elegant and stylish.
Taking all of these aspects into account before you buy will ensure you choose the best chair for back pain or posture.
Browse our full range of practical and stylish armchairs and sofas today to find the one that’s right for you. For more information about how our chairs can alleviate aches, pains and discomfort, read our back pain guide.