Choosing an office chair is a very important decision, especially for those who sit for the majority of the day. If a person works 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week, that’s around 2000 hours over the course of a year spent in an office chair. Despite this, people often disregard this choice, and choose the cheapest chair they can find. While cheaper now, this could prove a costly decision in the long run. As we spend more and more time in front of screens and computers, it’s important that we choose a chair that is comfortable and suits our individual needs.
In this post, we will be taking a look at the many health benefits of choosing an ergonomic chairs for your office, whether at home or work.
Traditional office chairs, or other seating arrangements, might be the reason why people tend to have an incorrect posture while at their desk. By investing in a good ergonomic chair, it takes this problem away. It has all the necessary features such as back rest and head rest that support your posture while sitting. By adjusting the height, you can keep your knees at a 90 degree angle, which takes the strain off your hips.
Ergonomic office chairs are designed with comfort in mind, which gives them the leg up on normal office chairs. They are very user-friendly and allow their users to adjust it to their specific needs. This leads to increased productivity for employees and better wellbeing for employees – win win!
It minimizes neck problem risks
Stiffness in the neck develops when sitting for a long time without the proper neck support. Ergonomic chairs have headrests that support your head and neck. This is especially beneficial for people who answer phones as part of their daily duties in the office.
It minimizes pressure on the hips
Regular chairs tend to have a harder surface than ergonomic chairs, so when you sit, the seat applies extra pressure on the hip region. With time this leads to numbness and overall discomfort in the hip area. Ergonomic chairs support your hip area and eliminate this problem.
Ergonomic chairs make work easier. All the features of an ergonomic chair are adjustable to accommodate different activities you may perform at your work desk. Some ergonomic chairs also have a swivel feature that enables the user to move around swiftly without having to get up from the seat or without the need to extend and strain.This, in turn, allows employees to be more productive while working!
People should understand that ergonomic chairs are not the solution to all work-related health problems. As well as from ergonomic corrections at work, such as ergonomic chairs, they should also be aware of their posture while sitting. Even after using an ergonomic chair, if you keep your back slouched, you will suffer all kinds of problems. Therefore, some amount of physical activity or exercise is important.
As demonstrated by the diagram above, you can improve posture and lower the risk of injury by:
- Adjust the chair height so your feet are flat on the floor and your knees are in line (or slightly lower) with your hips.
- Sit up straight and keep your hips far back in the chair.
- The back of the chair should be somewhat reclined at a 100- to 110-degree angle.
- Ensure the keyboard is close and directly in front of you.
- To help your neck stay relaxed and in a neutral position, the monitor/screen should be directly in front of you, with the top of the monitor/screen at the same height as your eye level.
- Sit at least 20-24 inches away from the monitor/screen (ideally arms length, with the screen at the tips of finger when sitting back in your chair)