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The best furniture for your back health, if the sofas and chairs that support you.

When you experience back pain, the first thing you assume is that your posture is bad, or that you lifted something incorrectly. Most of the time you consider your discomfort to be magnified by your furniture, but have you considered that it could be the cause of your poor back health? We’re uncovering the truth about the silent, pain-causing furniture in your home, and ways you can improve your overall health and comfort without spending a fortune.

Don’t blame the gym. People spend hours each day sitting at their desks, couches, and sleeping in their beds. When they are active and they experience pain as a result, they blame the activity. Chances are, running is not the cause of your pain. It’s the hours you spend not running that are to blame. In order to avoid further injury, you need to take action.

Depending on the severity of your pain, always consult a doctor before attempting to solve the problem yourself. After you’ve spoken to your physician, consider where you spend the most time. Is your mattress outdated? You sleep for six to eight hours each night. Upgrading your mattress to a firm, modern and supportive bed can help to alleviate some of the stress on your back. However, simply upgrading your mattress might not solve your problems.

Your couch, living room chairs, office furniture and dining room furniture could all be contributing to your pain. Rather than spend a fortune replacing everything with custom furniture, consider some minor upgrades you can make to your existing furniture. For example, you can get a supportive cushion for your office chair if it isn’t very comfortable.

Is your sofa worn down? You can consult with a furniture repair company to have it taken apart and improved, rather than simply replaced. Most likely, the bones of your sofa are still in great condition. It’s the cushions and springs that may need to be upgraded or replaced. You can save money on your furniture and improve your back health by simply investing in sofa repair rather than replacement.

Apart from your office chair, bed and couch, is there anywhere else in your home that you like to lounge? Many chairs and beds are too soft, and they don’t provide the strength and support necessary for proper back health. Although they can feel comfortable when you first lay down, they’re actually doing more harm than good. Consider your routine and try to identify the culprit through trial and error.

If you think you have identified and addressed the cause of your back pain, test your theory. Spend some time at the gym. Go on your usual run. Attempt to spend a day at work without your pain medication. If you replaced, repaired or upgraded your too-soft furniture, you’re probably already on your way to decreased back pain and a healthier, active lifestyle. Just remember to take it slow, be prepared, and always speak with your doctor before attempting to solve the problem on your own.