In order to adapt the backrest contour of an office chair to the back of the respective user, lumbar support comes into play. This doesn’t actually support the back, but prevents our double S-shaped spine from pressing into a straight shape. The “lower S” of the spine is better mapped or “supported” by the (often adjustable) lumbar support integrated into the backrest. Overall, this provides a more relaxed posture as well as relief for the spine.
Neck support is particularly important when sitting in the rear position. It helps to relieve the strain on the neck muscles. In addition, when the head is supported, the intervertebral discs can be relieved during these relaxation phases.
Modern office chairs offer a wide range of functions that ultimately aim to direct movement, promote healthy postures, and adapt the chair to the respective user’s anatomy in the best possible way. To find the right office chair for you, however, you should primarily do one thing: test sit. Preferably over a longer period of time (at least one day). Only then can you judge which office chair suits you best.
Choosing a suitable office chair for your at-home workstation also depends on the activity itself and its duration. Therefore, for example, a height-adjustable, movable stool can be a suitable addition to your at-home office chair.
Above all, however, one thing should always be taken into account: No matter how comfortable or ergonomic an office chair may be, only spontaneous, intuitive changes in posture and activity will keep your office work healthy over a longer period of time.