Ergonomic Chairs

Knowing about good posture is very important but, whilst looking for this information, .I came across a mention of how bad posture affects more than just your back.

If you sit poorly, it doesn’t take your muscles long to think that this position is the way it’s going to be and your muscles work alongside this bad posture, causing an imbalance in muscle support.  Also, if you slouch, you are restricting digestion, circulation and breathing and your bones aren’t too happy about it either.

Once the aches and pain start in places like your neck, shoulders and back, maintaining a sitting position for any length of time becomes difficult and you may have to restrict sitting to twenty minutes or so, then move around to give your muscles and your skeletal frame a change of position, before returning to your earlier task.

If you have a job that allows regular movement e.g. a shop assistant, moving and changing position is part and parcel of the requirements of the post. If you are in a sedentary job (the list is endless!), that earlier acquired bad posture and its accompanying aches and pains is going to cause havoc e.g. discomfort, irritability, distraction and concentration problems.

The truth is that we probably don’t know what good posture entails i.e. does it mean more than sitting with a straight back?

Good posture includes having your feet firmly on the floor: dangling feet and crossed legs are definitely ‘no go’ areas.  Your tailbone should be right up to the back of the chair and so should your back, unless you are slanting slightly forward, in which case the line between your head, chest and pelvis should be straight (not curved).

So, these points indicate a good sitting posture but that’s not the end of the story.  The chair is only good for you if it’s ‘user-friendly’ in relation to the height of your table or desk, as your forearms need to reach the task in a horizontal position.

This is where ergonomic chairs are worth their weight in gold.  They adjust not only to support your back but also to meet your height.  The arm rests can be adjusted to ensure horizontal support for your hands and, together, you are sitting comfortably and working well.

There is quite a range of adjustable chairs, as each of us is different and an ergonomic chair means that the chair fits you and not the reverse!  When choosing a suitable office chair, it will pay you to call on the advice of someone knowledgeable in ergonomics, to make an assessment of both your skeletal frame and the duties of your job.  This will make sure that you choose the office chair that meets your needs.

Elementary, don’t you think?

So get an Ergohuman Office Chair from Simply Ergonomic

Ergohuman Office Chair
Ergohuman Office Chair

Ergonomically Correct Posture at Work

Getting the consistent correct posture at work is difficult in  today’s busy offices with hot desking and mobile working.  The most  important things are a good ergonomic chair and a suitable desk.  Even  if you have a suitable office chair and a bulky desk you might find that  it is difficult to get in close to your computer and work area of your  desk. 

If you can’t get into your desk because the arms are in the way  then you end up adjusting the arms down and then that is defeating the  object of having a office chair with height adjustable arms in the first  place.  Then if your chair has fixed arm then you’re stuffed because  you end up getting into stressful postures while working on your  computer.  What’s more office chairs that have fixed arms are bad from  the start as you will get into the habit of slouching into the chair so  that your elbows will rest on the arm pads which then leads to aches and  pains related to bad posture.

So what can one do to sort that out?

Well the first thing is to get a good ergonomic office chair and that  is at least 60% and then the next thing is a good office desk.  A  ergonomic height adjustable desk is most probably the best bet as you  can be standing or sitting.  Standing can be an advantage if you have  telephone call to make as your body is extended and so your voice will  be more dynamic.  Then when you have work on your computer then you can  lower the desk to your perfect height.

So what’s next in the search for the perfect ergonomic office?

That is another story and would be better covered in Computer  Workstations