Jason H. Thompson, MD

Is Your Office a Pain in the Back?

 

The New York Times Well blog recently addressed some concerns about back pain among office workers; specifically, the type of back pain experienced by workers who spend their days hunched over computers at their desks. The article discusses the importance of finding a chair with adequate lumbar support for your lower back. For many people, sitting in an office chair either causes or exacerbates lower back pain. The blog article offers several recommendations for expensive chairs that might help to prevent back pain associated with sitting all day, but concludes that a lumbar chair pillow may be plenty good enough.

You can easily find lumbar pillows at stores like Bed Bath & Beyond, Brookstone, Relax The Back, or even online at Amazon. The article also discusses a few exercises that you can do during the day to avoid back pain. The most important suggestion is to simply make sure you’re moving around and changing your position regularly. 

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