Found your dream home and the absolutely perfect set of furniture to decorate it with but your back does not agree with your choices. Sounds familiar? A quick look at the Global Burden of Disease Study report published in 2010 will tell you that back pain is estimated to be one of the world’s top 10 chronic illnesses! Staggering yet not unbelievable at all in the 21st century! We often forget how fragile our body can be if we don’t get it the minimum exercise it needs. Add to that other issues like work pressure, long hours and plain old lack of motivation, you get issues like back pain and neck pain that don’t seem to leave you alone.
But should a back pain, terrible as it is, stop you from getting the comfortable modern furniture you always wanted in your home? Absolutely not. Taking note of such tendencies, furniture manufacturers are consistently coming up with ergonomic designs to give your back some rest while you get some too.
Wondering how much will these couches cost? Don’t strain your forehead with that thought! If you’re looking for great discounts on furniture, check out the Pepperfry page on GrabOn to get the best deals. Furniture websites are offering a wide range of offers on healthcare furniture so you don’t have to burn your pockets.
We compiled a list of some of those ergonomic couch designs so that you can see what suits you, without getting up, because, you know, that back pain.
Best Couch Designs That Help During Back Pain
1. Spine-friendly Designs
Spine-friendly designs are not necessarily uncomfortable. You don’t have to sit on wooden benches to help your back. But it is important that your sofa or couch has the necessary amount of padding that keeps your back firm and not an overdose of it. So when you go hunting for back-friendly couches, check for the following:
✔ Can you rest your feet firmly on the floor while keeping your back straight?
✔ Do you feel yourself sitting straight while resting your back?
✔ Are your knees at the right angles to your hips while you sit?
These mentioned above are some of the points that you should be able to check off if you are making the right purchase.
2. Customizable sofas
Your perfect furniture may not be readily available if you are shorter or taller than the average customer. Worry not! Watch out for customizable sofas/couches that pretty much every leading manufacturer provides, or you can get a catalog to your local maker. These sofas are great for those who need to work long hours while sitting, or simply need to sit for long hours like your elderly grandparents or your couch potato siblings.
3. Ergonomic Office Chairs With An ‘S’ Curve
These chairs are a familiar sight in workspaces these days and you might want to feel happier about it. While they are no match for your plush couch, these chairs have got your back, quite literally! Designed ergonomically, these chairs help you maintain the approximate 90-degree angle in your sitting posture and support your lower back lumbar muscles. You can find more on these chairs on ErgoTune.
4. Adjustable Back Support Chairs
As the name suggests, you can adjust the backrest as well as the height of the seat in these chairs. Saves you from both monotony and chronic back pain since you don’t have to slouch down or even sit too straight!
5. Chairs With Support Cushion/Pillow
You can add these pillows to your regular chairs as they are specifically designed to provide lumbar support, that is, your lower back muscles. The cushions come in various materials, most common being memory foam and gel- aimed at retaining the shape of the cushion while you press against in, resulting in a comfortable but firm posture.
6. Recliner Couches
Again, a boon of modern technology, these couches can really combine both comfort and ergonomic support for your back. Recliner couches are great in maintaining the right angles in your sitting posture as it raises its front/leg rest if the back is lowered-putting the least amount of strain on your spinal posture so that your comfortable naps don’t come at the cost of a slouching spine. Some of the fancier options in this category even have sectional designs that let you arrange it according to your comfort, as well as some storage space for your food/beverages. Recliners come in a range of affordable prices, varying from automating to manual ones.
7. Back Support Cushions
Updating furniture, even for health reasons, can be expensive. If you do not have the budget for brand new spine-friendly couches, get yourselves some back support cushions/pillows you can use with your old couch. You will find several options online, ranging from memory foam cushions, orthopedic gel-enhanced cushions to even posture-correcting cushions that nudge you to sit properly, angling your hips and pelvis to help you with your existing back pain if any. There are also special lumbar support cushions for orthopedic patients available that you can use, albeit after consulting with a medical professional.
8. Things To Keep In Mind While Buying SOfa
I know those cushy, plumped up couches or sofas look very inviting and difficult to resist, but remember, they are really bad for your back! In fact, using those cushy seating arrangements is what got you trouble in the first place. Doctors remind us that our body is naturally ergonomically designed so when we slouch or sit on overtly padded things, we tend to disrupt the normal curve that our spine needs to maintain. Now, don’t need to eye your favorite couch so warily, you can use them for short durations. Problems arise when we are sitting on plush couches for hours.
While using supportive furniture can help with back pain, remember, it is not a cure. The only way to prevent back pain from either cropping up or recurring is to pay attention to your posture and make it a habit not to slouch. Besides not sitting in uncomfortable postures for prolonged periods, place your sofas/couches in comfortable positions that sync with the purpose. Place the sofa in front of the television, or get a folding table to elevate your laptop when you are working. Such preventive measures will help both your back and your wallet.