If you spend the majority of your day sitting in an office, you can understand why sitting in the right type of chair can make a huge impact on your overall health and comfort. With new research that is continuously coming out about the dangers of sitting for too long, ergonomic office furniture has become not only a hot topic, but a necessary part of any office.
A company that understands the pain of full-time workers and a provider of home and office seating, Office Chairs Unlimited, recently created an illustrated guide that provides tips on what features to look for as well as how to set up your work station. Believe it or not, with the right chair, you will get through the work day with more energy and less pain at the end of the day.
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Investing in an ergonomic office chair like the ones Office Chairs Unlimited provides is an investment in your physical and mental health, as well as work productivity. Sitting in an ill-fitting chair causes slouching that strains the muscles of the back, creating lower back pain, shoulder pain, a stiff neck, and even headaches from reduced blood circulation. Over time, slouching can cause permanent curvature of the spine through the neck, causing chronic pain and headaches. Additionally, poor alignment of your monitor, keyboard, and mouse can cause wrist, shoulder and neck pain.
Fortunately, with adjustments to your chair or a brand new ergonomic chair, you could be on your way to creating a comfortable working environment. As demonstrated in the infographic, the major elements of ergonomics are chair height and lumbar support. The chair should be low enough for your feet to rest flat on the floor with your knees at the same height as your hips. At the proper height, you should type with your forearms parallel to the floor and look straight ahead to see your computer screen.
Additionally, sufficient lumbar support is a key feature as your lower back should have contact with the chair back when sitting. The lumbar support should curve inward to complement the natural curve of the spine. In a straight-backed chair, lacking this support may cause you compensate for the distance between your back and the chair by slumping forward.
An ergonomic chair helps you maintain good posture throughout the day, avoid health complications, and allows you to go home more relaxed every single day.
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Edited by Jamie Epstein