Is sitting becoming a little, uncomfortable?
Need a new office chair?
At the end of your working day do you stretch and find that your back, neck or shoulders are aching and causing you discomfort? If so, take a look at the chair you use throughout the day, and if you have no underlying medical condition, then your chair could be the culprit.
Conventional chairs may be one of the reasons why a person can have an incorrect posture while sitting at her/his desk. An incorrect posture can lead to aches and pains in your back, shoulders etc. Modern office chairs, by contrast, are ergonomically designed to alleviate these problems. An ergonomic chair has all the essential features such as head rest and back rest that strengthen and support your posture while you sit. Coupled with this you can adjust the height of your chair to make sure your feet are flat on the floor, your knees at an angle of 90 degrees to the floor and parallel to the hips. These simple adjustments automatically help you to improve your posture and you will feel the benefits.
Ergonomic chairs are also very user friendly. You can adjust all the features individually to suit your needs until you’re totally happy with the end result and you are sitting comfortably! Ergonomic chairs also have a headrest that supports your head and neck. People who spend a considerable amount of time answering phone calls at work will really benefit from this feature. These chairs also have a backrest that supports the natural curve of your spine. Unlike conventional chairs, ergonomic chairs are high enough to support the entire back. Some ergonomic chairs come with a reclining function that can be adjusted to suit your needs.
Regular office chairs tend to have a hard surface. So when you sit, the seat exerts extra pressure on your hips. An ergonomic chair has a specially designed seat that supports the hips and posterior.
All the features of an ergonomic chair are adjustable to cater for the different activities you carry out at your work desk. It also has a swivel feature that will enable you to move around quickly without having to get up from the seat or without the need to extend and strain your body.
However, ergonomic chairs require people to be aware of their posture while sitting. If you use an ergonomic chair and still slouch then you will have aches and pains.
We’ve all heard the following words either at home or at school, “ sit up straight …”. Well there is more than a grain of truth in this, as it is now recommended that we,” sit up straight. Make sure not to lean forward, keep your arms close to the sides, shoulders relaxed, elbows in a 90 degree angle and your feet flat on the floor”.