Your Gaming Chair Could Be Causing Long-Term Back Pain

Did you know that your gaming chair could be causing you back pain?

If you spend extended amounts of time on your gaming chair and experience back pain, it might be time to get a better chair. Here’s what you need to know.

Here’s How Your Gaming Chair May Be Causing Back Pain

If you have a chair that doesn’t adjust to or support your body, it can cause long-term health problems.

Most people don’t realize that sitting for long, extended hours on unsupportive chairs is what is causing their back pain.

An ideal gaming room setup includes the right chair that is not only comfortable but also ergonomic. Here are some signs that it’s time to improve your gaming setup and get a new chair.

9 Signs That You Need a Better Chair

There are many common signs and health problems that people experience when they have a gaming chair that does not support their back, including:

1. Pain

Prolonged sitting with bad posture can cause chronic back pain, spinal degradation, and an actual change in your spinal curve.

When people sit on chairs for long periods, they sit in a static posture which increases stress all over the body, particularly in the back muscles and spinal discs. If you notice that you have constant back pain, it may be time to take a look at your chair. 

2. Joint Stress

Poor posture from sitting on a chair for prolonged periods can cause joint stress, which leads to pain and breakdown of the tissues surrounding your joints.

3. Herniated Disks

Slouching is a common cause of herniated disks, which aggravates the nerves in your spine, causing numbness or pain in your arms, back, or legs. A herniated disk can occur anywhere along your spine but typically occurs in the lower back.

4. Headaches

Poor posture associated with slouching can cause headaches due to tension in the upper back, neck, and shoulders. 

5. Fatigue

When you slouch or sit in a specific position for an extended period, it can cause prolonged physical stress on the muscles in your neck and back, causing fatigue, pain, and soreness.

In addition to this, the resulting inhibition of blood flow and decreased circulation in the body leads to lethargy, affecting alertness and causing mistakes. Fatigue can also cause a wide range of other physical, emotional, and mental symptoms, including stress, chronic tiredness, headache, dizziness, sleepiness, and more.

6. Digestive Issues

Slouching bunches organs in your body like an accordion, essentially creating a digestive traffic jam throughout your stomach and intestines. Slouching can also cause digestive issues like acid reflux and hernias.

7. Poor Breathing

The lungs function optimally when the diaphragm and rib cage can adequately expand. Sitting in a chair for a long time leads to poor posture, restricting blood and oxygen flow, making it difficult to breathe and oxygenate the blood.

8. Negative Mood

A slouched and constricted body prevents it from working optimally, which results in a poor mood. Over time, bad sitting posture can lead to fatigue, depression, pain, and headaches.

When someone is in a bad mood, it can lead to more stress and other mental health issues. It is essential to avoid these feelings by sitting in a chair that prevents any type of pain.

9. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The nerves in the neck and upper back control function in the arms and hands. When you slouch, you pinch the vertebrae in the neck. The vertebrae in the neck and upper back attach to the elbows, wrists, and hands. Slouching increases pressure and causes a chain reaction of adverse effects. These negative effects include tingly elbows, wrists, hands, and ultimately, carpal tunnel syndrome.

You Are Worth the Investment in Your Health. Invest in a Better Chair to Prevent Back Pain Today

LF Gaming Chairs provide extreme comfort and a personalized fit, so the chair adjusts to fit your body, not the other way around. 

We have extensive experience helping customers who suffer from back pain and produce chairs that help both alleviate and prevent it. The Gaming Industry needs a high-quality, ergonomic, and comfortable chair - and we've got you covered. 

Check out our wide selection of gaming chairs here. You can also learn more about us here.

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This article was originally published on June 20, 2018, and has been updated for 2021.