Neck and upper shoulder pain are pretty common with anyone who does a desk job. If you are working for a company or self-employed, then you must have looked for the best office chair for neck and shoulder pain.
Some of these chair for neck pain are budget chair as well. Some of the common features include all the ergonomic features to correct posture.
No adjustable and ergonomic feature in mesh-based office chairs will make a poor choice.
5 best office chairs for neck and shoulder pain
- Green Soul® • ZODIAC-Pro Chair
- MISURAA Imported Xenon High Back Ergonomic Office chair
- Wipro Furniture Adapt High Back Mesh Ergonomic Home-Office Chair
- JD9 High Back Ergonomic Chair
Office chair reviews of the best office chair for neck and shoulder pain
Green Soul® • ZODIAC-Pro
This is the cheapest chair that has a seat slider option.
If you really need this feature, then definitely consider this.
- Seat slider feature.
- Adequate seat depth.
- Seat cushion is also decent.
- Strong breathable mesh task chair.
- Adequate lumbar support for proper posture.
- 2D armrest.
- Height adjustable and has synchro mechanism.
- Max weight support is 125 kg.
- Ergonomic headrest.
- Made in India.
MISURAA Imported Xenon High Back Ergonomic Office chair
MISURAA Xenon chair is a high back desk chair which is made in China, but it is reliable and comes with tons of features.
- Synchro-tilt and seat slider.
- Seat lockable positions.
- The seat design is very good.
- Adjustable and stable headrest height and tilt adjustment.
- Wide range of angle adjustment available in this excellent chair.
- Unique castor wheels.
- Adjustable arms.
- Nylon base.
Wipro Furniture Adapt High Back Mesh Ergonomic Home-Office Chair
This Wipro ergonomic office chair is a good model which is sturdy enough and will not give you neck pain.
- Breathable mesh back.
- Cushioned seat with breathable clothing.
- Adjustable seat, armrest, lumbar and headrest.
- Seat height adjustable.
- Has ergonomics certification and you can do the manual adjustments easily.
- Durable nylon frame.
- Waterfall seat design.
- Has passed several durability tests.
- One of the cheaper chair with similar feature to expensive models.
JD9 High Back Ergonomic Chair
JD9 is a spider back chair with an adjustable seat, headrest and lumbar support with a premium price tag.
- 150 kg weight support.
- Heavy-duty base.
- Full back support.
- Modern design.
- 2D armrest.
- Wide range of multi-angle locking backrest.
- This mesh-based office chair has true waterfall-edge style seat with good seat cushion.
- Has tilt with tension control.
Things To Look For in a chair with neck support
Most chairs support all body sizes and decent office chairs come with quality ergonomics as well. Some common features to look for is ergonomic headrest, Maximum weight limit, seat height adjustment range, tilt lock etc.
Adjustable headrest / Neck Support
Without adjustable neck support, your neck and shoulder pain will not go away. All ergonomic chairs should have this feature, and you should check for this feature first if you are looking for the best office chair for neck and shoulder pain.
Also, most of the time with budget ergonomic chairs, you will see that the neck support hinge is lost. It will not hold its place.
High-end, expensive chairs provide maximum comfort and the adjustable headrest is stable as well. Without this the chair for neck pain is not complete.
Adjustable Lumbar Support
The executive office chair has a fixed lumbar support if they are made with wood and plastic. But ergonomic features are better in that breathable mesh back chairs. They often provide dynamic lumbar support. This can be adjusted at will as per your body.
One of the key features of selecting a chair for an office should always be the lumbar related ergonomic features.
No lower back pain will ease your neck and shoulder pain as well. For your home office set up, I would urge you to stay away from cheap gaming chairs and BOSS chair type executive chair.
Proper High Back
A high back chair has better head posture correction features than a mid-back chair. Without a high back chair style, you will not have an adjustable headrest as well. A high back is suitable for all body types. Mid-range high back chairs are good for getting correct posture with a comfortable headrest.
When you seat the backrest should be in touch with you, then you will be taking advantage of the adjustable features, lumbar support to get maximum comfort.
If your chair comes with fixed arms, then often you will hunch forward on the chair and strain your neck and upper back. You may feel wrist pain as well.
3D armrests are often preferable where you can adjust armrests height, angle and push armrest front and back. I like to push my armrest back and push my chair towards the table. That works for me.
2D armrests are more common and affordable. Here you can rest your upper body on the armrest. These can be increased in height and inside.
And most low-cost armrest is 1D. Here, you can only adjust the height.
3d armrests are less durable since they have more moving parts.
And you should look for enough padding for your armrests, otherwise your elbows might hurt. Padded armrests are better!
Gaming chair in general always has better padding, but should not be the first choice.
Color choices are also greatly available when it comes to gaming chairs.
Apart from adjustable armrests, you should also get mesh-based office chairs are better upholstery options for air circulation.
Leather chairs look good, but not all of us can run AC throughout the day. Thus, always pick cloth-based material for the entire body of the chair.
During summer, the mesh backrest will save you from the heat.
Breathable mesh material is most comfortable for the human body to sit in all day. Mesh or cloth-based material is very comfortable and is also very easy to clean.
The gaming chair is pretty bad when it comes to breathable materials. Leather upholstery is not suitable for hot humid areas at all.
Without heights adjustment, your body position will be at risk of back and shoulder pain. If you can not adjust height, then the headrest will not fit your head and a whole lumbar portion of your body will breakdown.
Adjustable height is a key feature that you should get to get rid of your neck strain.
Your seat height should be such that your armrest is at the same height as the table.
Only then your eyes will be at a good level, and you can maintain proper neck position. This will not strain off the neck muscles, and you will not get eye strain and have neck pain relief.
Seat height is also a crucial feature for shorter people. And height adjustment also helps with keeping your feet flat on the floor.
The weight capacity of a chair is one of the key features that you should consider. It is not closely related to your neck health. But for a chair for neck pain, you should get a chair that can support your weight. Otherwise, you would fall and have an injury.
You should be careful while buying a budget chair since they might cut corners while using a sturdy frame.
However, not all affordable office chairs are bad. The desk chair I am using is not an expensive office chair but it is a high-quality chair.
This adjustable chair has a steel base, excellent lumbar, adjustable seat height and these make it a comfortable office chair that I like.
Why does sitting hurt my neck?
Sitting for long periods of time can cause pain in your neck because of poor posture. When you talk on the phone, look down at your smartphone, or text on your smartphone, you may be putting yourself at risk for neck and shoulder pain.
This why you should check for ergonomic headrest and seat height adjustment range in your chair for neck pain. Proper seat depth should also be maintained.
Neck pain is very common according to the National Institute of Medicine. About one in three people experience symptoms of PMS once a year. Women are more likely to experience these symptoms than men. Standing up and stretching after 30 minutes of sitting helps prevent back pain.
Hopefully with your new chair you will get rid of your pain over time. And do mind the height adjustable feature for shorter people, otherwise they might get knee pain.
I hope the required ergonomic features of excellent chairs are usable and is helping you.
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