Sore back due to poor lumbar support for office chair

Back pain, especially in the lower back, is a common affliction among Australians. This is particularly true for those who work in offices and other areas that require a lot of sitting throughout the day.

In many cases, the cause of this back pain is poor posture while sitting at a desk.

Without adequate support for the lower back, also called the lumbar spine, many workers begin to slump after a long day of staring at a computer screen. This causes the natural curve in the lower back to flatten.

Over time, this can create sensitive pressure points along with a range of other serious health issues, which feel painful after sitting for a while.

While it is true that lumbar support for office chairs has come a long way over the decades, delivering better support than the chairs of the past, ergonomic chairs are not one-size-fits-all.

Chair designers do their best to provide adequate lower back support for chairs for the widest possible range of people, but it is virtually impossible for a single chair style to work for everyone. You may need additional lower back support for your office chair if you’re hoping to create an ergonomic office layout. Fortunately, you have a variety of options available to you.

Have you often asked yourself these questions?

  • Why is my back hurting after extended periods of sitting?
  • How can I reduce chances of having a sore lower back?
  • Do I have enough lumbar support on my office chair?
  • How to prevent bad backs from poor seating posture?

Well, you most likely have an issue with your current back support. Here’s what you need to know.


Why You Might Need to Boost Your lower back support for your Office Chair?

Everyone’s body is shaped differently, and this includes the lumbar curve at the base of the spine. If your lumbar curve is deeper than average, it is unlikely that a standard office chair will provide the back support you need.

The same is likely true for car seats.

However, some chair styles may increase your need for supplemental support. For example, high-backed chairs often push the upper back and shoulders forward, forcing the lower back away from the support of the back of the chair. Styles with deep seats present a similar problem.

The Problem with Inadequate Back Support

When you aren’t getting enough lumbar support from your office chair, you can begin to slump or slouch as the day progresses.

Check in with yourself throughout the day to evaluate your posture. If you find yourself hunching forward, giving your back a curved shape, your back is likely not getting enough support.

As you hunch, your spine bends, putting a lot of pressure on your vertebrae, the discs between them, and the ligaments and muscles that hold them together.

Lower back pain from poor lumbar support

How to Tell if Your Chair Support Is Lacking?

To find out if you need more lumbar support for your office chair, try this simple trick.

Roll up a small towel and place it between your lower back and the back of the chair at about waist-height. Take note of how your posture and comfort level differ with the towel. If you notice that you are slouching less and that your back feels less pain or discomfort, your chair needs greater support.

While some slumping can be attributed to the person, in many cases, it is more the fault of the chair itself.

Of course, you do have control over your posture, but it is extremely difficult to maintain a neutral, relaxed spine position when your office chair is actively pushing it out of alignment.

Options for Improving Your Office Chair’s Lumbar Support

Fortunately, you have several options to help improve your posture and minimise lower back pain, including:

Footrest helps with improving posture and minimising back pain

Option 1 - Add a Footrest

A footrest under your desk may not seem like it is related to back pain, but you’d be surprised how effective this small change can be.

By raising your feet above the ground, you encourage yourself to sit up straighter, bringing your spine closer to its natural curve. Depending on the severity of your back problems and the inadequacy of support in your chair, you may need to use additional measures as well.

A rolled towel can give you support to improve posture

Option 2 - Roll Up a Towel

Remember that trick we mentioned above to help you determine whether you need additional back support?

Well, you can use that same rolled-up towel to boost your support. This is a great, short-term option, like if you are attending a meeting in a conference room and aren’t sitting in your own chair.

However, without securing the towel to the back of the chair, it will likely move around throughout the day as you shift your weight. You’ll have to readjust it frequently to ensure it is still providing support where you need it most.

Lumbar Roll helps with improving posture and minimising back pain

Option 3 - Use a Lumbar Pillow

There are many pillows available on the market to help boost lumbar support for office chairs. However, like the chairs themselves, lumbar cushions only come in specific sizes.

If you can find a size and style that is just right for you, that may be the solution to your problems, but you may have to go through several before you find the right fit. Not only that, but your needs may change throughout the day as you switch up your sitting style, resulting in the need for several pillows to match your changing needs.

Option 4 – Customise Your Fit with Air Lumbar Support – Our Recommendation

Air Lumbar Support is your BEST OPTION 
as it enables you to adjust the support as often as you like.

This way, you can get exactly the support you need at all times.

This type of cushion can be installed right inside the back of your office chair with a convenient bulb at the base to allow you to inflate and deflate the pillow. This will provide you with unparalleled lumbar support to ease your lower back pain and help you stay focussed while you work.


Our inflatable air lumbar support pillows are available on nearly all of the office chairs we have on offer here at Arteil.

Adjusting the inflation and support level is remarkably easy, so your lower back is in for a real treat. You’ll be amazed how much easier it is to maintain your focus throughout the day when back pain isn’t constantly sapping your energy. 

Reach out to our team today to learn more about this customisable back support. We’ll help you select the perfect office chair to meet your needs.

Air lumbar back support office chair