The Best Back Support Chairs

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The Best Back Support Chairs
Keep your height in mind when picking a chair with the best back support. (office chair image by Ekaterina Sidorenko from

Sitting badly can curve your spine into an unnatural 'C' shape when it should be a natural 'S' shape. (Ref 1) Most of us spend all day at work and then all evening in front of the TV sitting badly. This can lead to serious back problems. One way you can prevent back pain is to use a chair with good back support and there are a number of them to choose from.

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The Nominell is a padded chair on wheels which is adjustable and has good back support. It has a five-point base to prevent tilting and you can vary the rocking action with an adjustable tilt tension. This helps to encourage movement of the vertebra, which is important because this is how your spine gets lubricated. According to leading chiropractor and ergonomic adviser Dr. Richard Hollis, "The discs between each vertebra in your back have no blood supply of their own, but rely on movement to maintain their health." You can buy the Nominell at Ikea for £90, as of November 2010.

Office Star Air Grid Deluxe Task Chair

The Office Star air grid deluxe task chair is recommended by owners as improving posture, according to Consumer Search. The chair's back and padded seat are made of a breathable mesh. It has a built-in lumbar support, tilt and tension controls and height adjustable arms and seat. One drawback with this seat is that the seat depth is not adjustable, so it might not be suitable for people who are under 5 feet 5 inches tall. Prices range from £110.4 to £142.9, as of 2010, with a limited lifetime guarantee. You can buy this chair on eBay or Everything Furniture.

Office Star Executive Ergonomic Leather Chair

The Office Star executive ergonomic leather chair has adjustable seat and back height and adjustable arms. The arms also are padded and the seat is thickly cushioned for comfort. The chair has a high back and tension control that enables you to set the amount of resistance when reclining or rocking. The chair comes in black or burgundy Italian leather, and can be purchased from for £161.80, as of November 2010.

Steelcase Think

The Steelcase Think chair has a seat that slopes downward so as not to place pressure on the back of the thighs. It also has a reclining apparatus underneath the seat. This leverages body weight as you recline. This chair has adjustable seat height, depth, arms and tilt tension. According to the manufacturers, this chair is "designed to respond to the user's weight and movements." The Steelcase has a lifetime warranty with a 10-year exception for seating mechanisms and a 3-year exception for fabric. You can buy the Steelcase at The Human Solution, CSN Office and Prices range from £369 to £664, as of November 2010.

Herman Miller Aeron

According to Consumer Search, the Herman Miller changed the way people think about office chairs. This chair is fully adjustable, which makes is suitable for people of all heights. You can adjust the seat and armrest height, tilt tension, armrest angle, seat-pan angle, lumbar depth and height. The seat is made out of Pellicle mesh. The Herman Miller comes in three sizes and has a 12-year guarantee. You can buy the Herman on eBay, and Prices range from £406 to £571, as of November 2010.

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