16th October 2017

Could Your Sofa Be Damaging Your Health?

Could Your Sofa Be Damaging Your Health?

Do you suffer from a bad back? Find it difficult to stand up from a seated position? Struggle to stand for long periods of time? 

It turns out that you’re not the only one. An increasing amount of research indicates that chronic back pain is on the rise, with many people placing the blame on poorly made office chairs and a general lack of spine health awareness.   

But did you know that sofas can be a huge contributor towards back problems as well? 

Modern trends have led to an increase in demand for softer sofas with deeper cushions, which means that less emphasis is put onto the support needed for the spine and neck. This results in an unhealthy slouching position, which can cause long term health issues for users of the sofa. Sitting for too long in this position not only causes stress on the spinal ligaments but increases pressure on intervertebral discs, which in turn leads to the chronic suffering from aches and pains that many of us seek treatment for. As the average person spends an estimated 60% of their day sitting down, this problem will only get worse if not dealt with swiftly. 

Spine surgeon Ketan Khurjekar says, "The human body is ergonomically designed. When we sit on slouchy and soft sofas, we disturb the normal curvature of the spine and body ergonomics. These comfy sofas are good for sitting for a short time, but sitting on them for a longer duration can cause pain in the spine." 

So, how can you avoid incurring a mountain of physiotherapy bills further down the line? When choosing a new sofa, it is important that you consider how well it will support your back. Try to choose one which will provide optimum support for the neck and spine, rather than the one you feel is softest. The NHS advises that the best sitting position is one which supports your back and keeps your knees level with your hips. 

High back, such as this Stressless Arion 3 seater, are a great choice as they provide excellent neck support. They are also fully adjustable, allowing you to move the headrest to the correct position for your neck and come with the patented Glide and Plus systems which respond to your body’s slightest movements. These sofas are particularly great for building custom home cinema seating and their timeless design means they won’t go out of style anytime soon! This sofa is also currently in the sale with just under £1,000 off! 

If you would like to find out more about our great range of supportive sofas, head over to our showroom in Weston-super-Mare or drop us a line on 01934 513740 to speak to our experienced, knowledgeable staff. They will provide you with support and dedicated assistance to help you find the perfect furniture for your home.