Sitting in an office chair for many hours can put stress on the lower back. It also tends to make us develop poor posture. We lean forward or slouch over our desk, which increases stress over our joints, soft tissues and lumbar discs. This can lead to muscle tension along with pain in the legs and the lower back.
I learned this the hard way. I had been feeling neck stiffness and back pain for many months. It’s the kind of discomfort that wouldn’t go away even after getting massages. My massage therapist advised me to consult a chiropractor, and I did.
During my physical examination the chiropractor asked about my working habits. I confessed I work for up to 10 hours a day, mostly sitting in an office chair. She nodded and asked if I tend to slump or slouch. I said yes. Then she asked if my chair had back support. I got confused. Don’t office chairs already support the back?
As it turns out, no, not all office chairs are ideal for long hours of sitting. Anyone who sits for long periods needs to use something that sits in the curve of the lower back to keep the spine in a neutral position and encourage a good and comfortable posture. This is why it’s recommended to use lumbar support for office chairs.
Back support for office chairs are widely available in Singapore, so we don’t have to worry about where to look for one that would meet our needs.
Back support devices for office chairs can help not only in relieving but also in preventing back pain. Here’s how.
- Lumbar support devices are designed to fit against the natural S-curve of the spine, providing extra support for the area of the lower back that experiences the most pressure when seated.
- When the lower back is supported, it helps in properly aligning the upper spine, shoulders, and neck. This relieves back pain and promotes good posture.
- Back support devices for office chairs also help in relaxing the lower back tendons and muscles to reduce discomfort when sitting for a long period.
Back support attachments for office chairs can also be used in the car, your couch, or your favourite lounging chair. The more you use lumbar support, the more you’ll be protected from common back and spine problems.
Looking for lumbar support devices can seem daunting, so we put together this list to make it easier. Here are our top recommendations for office chair back support and where you can buy them in Singapore.
- Adjustable to fit your back
- Holes allow for ventilation
- Fastens easily and stays put
- Durable and easy to clean
- Cannot be used if the chair has no full back
The OrthoBack is made of thermoplastic rubber and polypropylene. This makes the product lightweight yet durable. It also keeps cool, with added ventilation thanks to the holes. The dual panel contours to the back and can be adjusted up and down for a proper fit. This back support device is designed to promote good posture while providing ample lumbar support.
The OrthoBack fits office chairs with a full back and features an easy fastening system that keeps it securely attached to the chair. It comes in four colours (black, grey, orange, beige) with the option to add a protective cover (red, blue, orange, yellow, grey, black). You can get this online from Atwood Pte Ltd.
- Absorbs pressure on the backbone
- Helps keep spine aligned
- Made of high-quality memory foam for optimum comfort
- Ventilated mesh cover can be removed and washed
- Memory foam tends to trap heat
This back support cushion is made of high-density memory foam that offers a good balance of softness and support. The foam is shaped and designed to absorb the pressure on the backbone to make sitting for long hours more comfortable and to relieve back pain and muscle tension. The cushion contours to the back’s natural curve so that the spine is in proper alignment.
The back support cushion has a ventilated mesh cover that provides breathability and air circulation to keep your back cool, as memory foam has a tendency to trap heat. Available in black and blue, the cover can be removed and washed as necessary. You can buy this foam back support from the Kingfly shop.
- Adjustable to fit any height
- Easy-lift adjustment mechanism
- Comes with air holes for ventilation
- Alleviates pressure in the spine
- Comes only in white colour
The Xiaomi Leband back support for office chairs is ergonomically designed and easy to use. It has an adjustable backrest that supports the back and relieves pressure on the spine. The wrap-around style of the back support caters to the spine’s natural curvature. It automatically adjusts the stress direction and transfers the pressure on the spine onto the backplate.
The backplate is also easy to adjust thanks to the one-key lift mechanism. The locking mechanism is reliable and the backplate stays put. The air holes in the back support make using it more comfortable. You can shop for this product at 3C Brand Outlet.
- Hollow design for air ventilation
- Conforms to the curve of the back
- Variety of colours to choose from
- Can feel hot at the lower back
Shaped like a pear, the Purenlatex back support cushion is made of high-density memory foam, which contours to the shape of the back and provides support at the same time. The hole at the top allows for ventilation. Because the memory foam is high density, it is sturdy and won’t go flat even after years of use. It promotes good posture, makes sitting for long periods comfortable, and prevents back pain.
This lumbar cushion comes in a variety of colours, namely deep grey, orange, deep blue, green, red, and light grey. You can get it online from the Nanatenn shop.
- Provides good lumbar support
- Contours to body shape
- Fits most office chairs
- Comfortable to use
- Strap tends to slip
This back support pillow fits comfortably at the lower back. It’s also made of memory foam, a popular material that adjusts to the shape of the body. The foam distributes pressure evenly, reducing pressure points to relieve back pain. Memory foam can also be hypoallergenic, which means that dust and mold will not build up in the foam. Its size and shape makes it fit in most office chairs and even car seats.
This memory foam lumbar support cushion is available in navy, baby pink, and grey and is sold by Ikigai Home online.
- Seat cushion provides added comfort and support
- Breathable mesh fabric allows for ventilation
- Washable cover
- Comes with a pocket compartment
- Seat cushion cannot be secured on to the chair
If you’re looking for extra support, you can give this set a try. This two-piece set includes a lumbar support pillow and a seat cushion, both made of memory foam. The contoured shape of the back support pillow and seat cushion helps keep the body in a natural alignment and promotes good posture. The foam takes the pressure off the hips and the lower back, helping you sit more comfortably and preventing pain in the lower back.
This back support product comes in brown, black, pink, purple, and grey. The covers are removable and washable. You can get this set from Nooks online.
- Corrects sitting posture
- Disperses pressure on the spine
- Good ventilation system
- Can be used on different kinds of chairs
- Not much cushioning on the seat
The ABLUE Curble Posture Correction Chair Wider is recommended for those who spend more than four hours a day sitting, those who tend to slump when seated, those who have difficulty maintaining a good sitting posture, and those who want to correct their posture when sitting. The shape of the Curble disperses pressure on the waist and provides lumbar support. It raises up the tailbone to straighten the waist and reduce pressure on the lower back.
The back of the Curble Posture Correction Chair is wider, allowing you to move from left to right while maintaining good posture. Sold by the Neoflam Singapore Official Store, this back support for office chairs is available in either black or red colour.
- Breathable and cooling
- Easy to install
- No cushion-like feel
This back support product is simple but gets the job done. It’s made of mesh fabric that lets air flow freely so it doesn’t get hot while in use. The contoured shape helps align the spine and improve posture. It’s lightweight and easy to install. This lumbar support device also features raised nodes in the middle that provide a massage feature.
Available in black from the Beauty for You online shop.
- Made of high-quality memory foam
- Relieves lower back discomfort
- Helps improve posture
- Adjustable strap
- May feel too thick for some
The High Sierra Lumbar Cushion is specially designed to provide maximum lumbar support. The contours align with the arch of the lower back and provide stable support. This back support cushion is made of high-grade memory foam and enclosed in a soft plush cover that can be removed for easier cleaning. It has an adjustable strap that keeps the cushion in place wherever you choose to put it, whether it’s the office chair or car seat. This back support product is available in black and grey and can be ordered online via Amazon Singapore.
- Relieves lower and mid-back discomfort
- Comfortable fit
- Comes with adjustable straps and extension straps
- Breathable cover
- Can feel hot when used
The Comficlouds lumbar support pillow for office chairs is made of a thick and durable high-density memory foam. Its convex shape supports the natural curve of the back to promote proper spine alignment and a healthy posture. This back support pillow relieves pain at the lower back as well as the middle portion of the back. It features two sets of dual straps.
There are two adjustable straps that let you raise and lower the cushion to your desired height and two extension straps for keeping the cushion firmly in place on your seat. The cushion has a breathable hypoallergenic cover that can be removed for cleaning. Colour options are black and grey. You can order this product from Amazon.
Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In Singapore it’s so much easier, cheaper, and less time consuming to get back support for your office chair than to add therapy and visits to the doctor for spine problems.
It’s really better to prevent back pain from happening in the first place than to deal with the pain and medical expenses later on. We hope this list of back support devices for office chairs helps you find the best product for your needs.