With the average lifestyle becoming more sedentary, and the average job requiring more hours of continual sitting, it’s not surprising that a lot of people suffer from lower back pain. Even if you have managed to avoid back problems so far, the chance that you may develop one in the future increases as long as you do nothing to stop it from happening.

It is for this reason that many people are taking concrete steps to add back support around their homes. Whether you have a sore back, or want to avoid getting one in the future, the following tips will help you make your home better for your back.

Supportive mattress

The very first thing you should do to make your home better for your back is to invest in a well-supported bed. This is especially important if you already suffer from chronic back pain, as beds are often one of the primary causes. A mattress that is either old or too cushy will cause tension in your joints when you lay on it, and won’t give your spine the support it needs to stay aligned properly. Getting a new mattress is one of the fastest ways to improve backaches, and to get a better night’s sleep at the same time.

 

Lumbar support cushions

Lumbar support cushions come in a variety of sizes, shapes, materials and densities. They can either be strapped onto your chairs at home, or you can get portable ones for the car and the office. If you’re trying to prevent back problems from developing in your family members as well, simply put a lumbar support cushion on each chair in the house — especially ones that people sit in for prolonged periods, such as desk chairs. Inflatable lumbar supports are fantastic for taking with you while travelling or visiting at friends’ houses.

Memory foam cushions

Cushions that are made from memory foam make every seat in your home therapeutic. These cushions gently absorb pressure from your body, and “cradle” you as you sit, securing your body and adding comfort at the same time. Essentially, these cushions ensure that much of the pressure is taken off of the base of your spine, making prolonged periods of sitting far less damaging for your back. These cushions are ideal for use with wheelchairs, office chairs, seating at stadiums or even in the movie theatre.

Body pillows

If you primarily sleep on your side at night, then this puts a lot of pressure on certain points in your back — namely your hips and shoulder blades. While there is nothing wrong with sleeping on your side (you may not be able to control it anyway), the clever use of pillows can go a long way to support your spine. Many people enjoy the use of long body pillows that can give them that extra support during sleep, and they take extra pressure off of the spine when used either in front or behind your body.

There are plenty of ways you can improve back support around your home, but a lot of it has to do with your sleeping and sitting arrangements. Making your bed and chairs more comfortable is the quickest and easiest way to make your home better for your back.