Over the years, sofas start to lose their support which increases pressure on your spine and back muscles as they work harder to keep you upright and aligned as you sink into those soft, un-supportive cushions. If your sofa is causing you more discomfort than pleasure and are in the market for an upgrade, consider the following points when out shopping to ensure you sofa is comfortable, supportive and sustainable.
Sofas can often be too deep, ideally you should be sat with the back of your knees resting on the front edge with your feet flat on the floor. If your feet do not sit comfortably on the floor with your back resting on the back of the sofa if might be that the sofa was designed with longer legs in mind. Put a cushion behind your back, you want to be sat in an ‘L’ shape rather than the common ‘C’ posture which will put stress on the muscles.
Rather than sitting on the fleshy part of your bottom, sit more on the boney part and then try and relax the muscles in your back. When you sit rigidly upright, the muscles in your back are still contracting and working. For this reason, healthcare professionals commonly recommend reclining sofas. This way, you can take the weight off your back and rest the spine.
The advantages of reclining sofas
As mentioned above, reclining sofas will take the weight off your back and allow your spine to rest. As well as this however, they also can increase the flow of blood to your heart and when elevated can decrease inflammation in the legs. A semi-reclined position will also assist with medical conditions related to difficulties with breathing such as sleep apnoea and snoring. For more advice on the best sleeping positions, see our related post here.
The firmness of the cushion is down to personal choice as long as it is going to support your upper and lower back. Sit on it, stand up and notice how it makes you feel. Do you feel comfortable as well as supported? Is your back telling you something? For further advice on sitting postures when sitting at a desk, click here now.
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