The importance of a healthy office chair.


The importance of a healthy office chair.

In today’s society, many professionals, are required to work with some form of technology for extended periods of time throughout their workdays. This equates to sitting for most of the day, which is why desk chairs are much more than just additions to a workspace. Ergonomically-friendly chairs are often overlooked by professionals working in an office setting.With that being said, here is a brief list of action items to promote good posture, physical health and a more pleasant work environment that promotes productivity.

       1)Don’t be afraid to tilt your chair accordingly.

A chair that tilts slightly forward is generally the most comfortable for everyday computer usage. Variation may be key to avoid pressure and strain on one’s body, however. A horizontal seat may be ideal for sitting upright and erect, and a backward tilt enables the user to recline slightly. Tilt should be adjusted regularly to change up position; the key to selecting the most ergonomically-friendly office chair is to ensure it’s highly flexible and easy to adjust quickly. Along with that, the chair’s frame should have a frame that disperses and allows the feet to lay flat on the floor at all times.


     2) Become Familiar with Optimal Lumbar Support.

One of the most overlooked features of an ergonomic office chair is lumbar support, which minimizes tension on the back and prevents slouching. Often times, one doesn’t realize when they’re slouching; others notice. Slouching, even in small increments over a long period of time, could result in severe spinal and muscle tension. Such health problems will likely result in decreased productivity. The aim is to match the backrest to the contour of the spine when seated in a neutral position. You may need to adjust the backrest by raising or lowering it. Doing this will ensure it fits snugly in the natural curvature of the spine and pushes the back forward. However, high-end chairs provide a lumbar adjustment function. The lumbar support should feel firm. If one were to feel any pressure points in the back, learning how to mitigate said pressure points should become a top priority.  

     3) Learn about your ideal chair height.

Simply put, an important aspect of ergonomic seating is the height of the chair. A chair that’s too low will likely force one to raise the arms to reach the keyboard, which would cause a strain in the neck, shoulders and upper back. Also encourages rounding of the spine, sitting in a chair that’s too low is simply an unhealthy decision. On the other hand, sitting in a chair that’s too high places pressure on the thighs and back of the knees, cutting off circulation in the lower extremities. Circulation is important; compromising it is also an unhealthy decision. In conclusion, an ideal chair height supports the thighs evenly and allows the feet to sit flat on the floor.


     4) Use a chair’s armrest to your advantage.

A chair’s armrests have a huge influence on one’s health and comfort, as improper arm positioning will likely lead to strain in the neck and shoulders. When armrests are too low, the user might be more inclined to slouch forward to rest his or her limbs. If too high, the user may be forced to hunch the shoulders when placing the forearms on the rests.The ideal armrest height for great ergonomics is said to be at around the same height as the point of one’s elbow when bent at a 90-degree angle. Therefore, this positioning allows one to place his or her forearms on the rests with the arms slightly lifted at the shoulders, dispersing one’s weight properly.