The Relationship Between Sciatica Pain and Ergonomics

Does sitting all day feel natural to you? When you have time off, don’t you tend to be more spontaneous and physically active? The natural tendency to walk, stand, walk, run, climb, etc. is your body’s intuitive relationship to its own needs at different times during the day. Think, “Circulation”. Your blood, lymph, nerves, energy, muscles and joints seek movement. Otherwise, we would’ve remained single-celled organisms (or something along those lines).

Fast-forward to modern living and our largely sedentary lifestyles with our offices, TVs and cars. This tendency to sit transfers your body’s weight to your pelvis through your lumbar spine. That’s a lot of weight focused on the lower back! This pressure on your gluteus and piriformis muscles compresses the sciatic nerves where they exit the spinal canal. After several hours of this, the circulation around that area decreases and stagnation sets in. Imagine laying a sandbag on your wrist for hours and days, and how your fingertips would become pale and bluish-purple. This is the beginning of sciatica and sciatic nerve pain.

Unfortunately, this is our situation, especially in the office. Remember that movement is the key to circulation. So, how can ergonomics be of assistance? Ergonomic chairs with lumbar support and adjustable seats reduce pressure on the lower back to help alleviate sciatica and increase comfort. Or, you can simply add a CustomAIR Backrest Support to a non-ergonomic chair to facilitate lumbar support.

CustomAIR Backrest Support

Ergonomic monitor arms, proper chair height and angled footrests that lift the legs to the correct angle mitigate slouching and also reduce compression. And, let’s not forget sit-stand desks that can be raised for the times that you feel like standing. Variety! Movement! Spontaneity! Right? Try our WorkPose app and see what suggestions it can offer you for your current situation.