What Is The Best Desk Chair For Back Pain?

There are different styles of desk chairs, but if you want good support for your back, there are choices for the best desk chair for back pain. Many patients complain of not only back pain, but headaches as well.  Note, it is assumed that all 3 of these styles of chairs already have rollers to glide smoothly along the floor. Rollers that have too much ‘drag’, will cause strain in your low back while trying to roll the chair around.

Task Chair

These chairs used to be called Secretary Chairs. They were made for people (mostly women) who did most of the work at their desks. Task chairs are the smallest of the three, and usually the least expensive. There is a simple back to the chair, without backward leaning motion, and a simple seat. Very little adjustments can be made to task chairs.

Manager’s Chair

Manager’s chairs have a taller back, and a bit larger seat. There should be no leaning motion of the back. The newer manager’s chairs have a mesh style back to allow air to cool the person’s back, to reduce fatigue. The arm rests on the chair are usually adjustable, to allow proper support for the elbows. Some manager’s chairs have removable arm rests. I do not recommend this. Resting the arms on the armrests prevents shrugging of the shoulders. The elbows should be rested at a 90 degree angle while working at a computer. This is my choice for  the best desk chair for back pain.

Executive Chair

Executive chairs are the largest, and usually the most elaborate of all 3 styles of chairs. They are named for executives of the company who would lean back, and put their feet up on the desk. The back of executive chairs is usually spring loaded to accomplish this. This spring loaded mechanism causes pressure on the discs of your spine, and you are constantly fighting the pressure. These can cause more fatigue as a result. The armrests are generally not adjustable either. These look the nicest, but I rarely recommend them unless they are specifically ergonomically designed.

To summarize, my favorite desk chair for back pain, at both home office, and the workplace, is the manager’s chair. They can be purchased at a reasonable price, and they are available with multiple adjustable parts. The bottom line is, you must keep good posture while working at your desk, whether it’s at home, or the office.

How Can I Have My Chair Evaluated?

If you would like me to come to your workplace to evaluate your chair, speak to your HR department, and call my office to arrange a complementary workplace evaluation. For home use chairs, you may bring your chair in to my office, or take a photo or video of you sitting in your chair while working.

Accurate Care Pain Relief Center

Leisa-Marie Grgula, D.C.

20235 N Cave Creek Rd. #110

Phoenix, AZ 85024