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Did you know that according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, poor ergonomics in the workplace wind up costing employers a staggering $20 billion every year? This problem comes as the result of 650,000 work-related musculoskeletal disorders.
Perhaps the only thing more shocking is the fact that these disorders are the products of poor, sitting posture. Many tall desk chairs simply don't have the lumbar support needed to ensure that people aren't over-stressing their backs. Hunching forward and other incorrect postures can lead to chronic pain, spine misalignment, and more.
Thankfully, there are several different kinds of lumbar pillow inserts and support system available that can help. Here are just a few!
Adjustable Back Support. Some large office chairs come with a seat back capable of supporting your lumbar area. These can be raised or lowered according to preference. This seat back should be adjusted so that the back of the chair supports the spine's curve, which reduces the amount of stress put on the lower back.
Portable Lumbar Pillow Inserts. Lumbar pillow inserts are rolls or curved cushions that fit into a chair's seat back to fill the lumbar region. Some kinds of inserts are inflatable to decrease or increase their support, since many people can feel awkward being forced to sit with perfect posture all the time. Another big benefit of these portable lumbar pillow inserts is that they can be transferred from one chair to another, which means their owners can take them home or on business trips if they'd like. For many people lacking the right support, lumbar pillow inserts are their best choice.
Ergonomic Chairs. Some chairs are designed with a person's anatomy already in mind, and are known as ergonomic chairs. These backs of these chairs are sculpted to support and naturally follow the spines' curvature. In fact, all of the best ergonomic chairs should come with lumbar pillow inserts.
Acquiring proper lumbar support can prevent the development of musculoskeletal diseases, and make the work day much more comfortable. If you find that your chair's lumbar support is lacking, then it might be best to look into one of these great solutions.
If you prefer an ergonomic office chair, perhaps an ergonomic keyboard will be helpful in making typing as pain-free and efficient as possible. You’ll notice a difference in the way your body feels after long desk sessions. What are the five main reasons that using an ergonomic keyboard will benefit you?
1 – Ease of Use
Most ergonomic keyboards will require you to adapt to them to a degree. You’ll have to determine whether these adjustments make it worth the mild hassle. How long does it take to get used to the different typing style and each keyboard’s differences?
2 – Proper Positioning
Keeping your hand and wrist in line with the forearm should maintain a neutral, straight position. This helps in reducing the stress placed on muscles and tendons. Don’t use wrist pads when you’re keyboarding, and leave the keyboard lifts in the back flat.
3 – Media-Control Pads and Devices
Keyboards are designed to facilitate typing, but many also have ways to use Firefox or iTunes without excess finger motion. Devices like media-control pads mean that you won’t have to use your mouse as often.
4 – Keyboard Layout
Some ergonomic keyboards have programmable keys that allow you to remap keys, with 24, 36 and 48 macros including a maximum of 56 characters. These keyboards can be switched between Dvorak and QWERTY layouts. These aid in typing comfort and ease of use.
5 – Keyboard Configuration
The natural wave of an ergonomic keyboard allows it to pivot on an axis. Some can be used as standard keyboards or configured into positions that fit your hands and arms more naturally. The best ergonomic models can resemble the layout of the most expensive keyboards without requiring any kit to expand the splay and tent of the keyboards. Using an ergonomic keyboard as a standard keyboard is beneficial when you have limited space.
If you are petite, you may have trouble finding a chair. At SitBetter, we understand your concern and have a full selection of office chairs for petite frames.
Here are our top ten:
This chair is great for short or petite users and can be customized to fit various sizes. The curved backrest features built-in lumbar support and the seat comes in three sizes.
The Saffron has the same features as the GeoCentric, but it has a flat backrest, which doesn’t provide quite as much support for the lower back.
This specialty petite chair has a backrest that is ergonomically contoured, with side contours to envelope your back. This is beneficial for smaller users with lower back pain.
This is a Highmark chair, known for durability and comfort. The petite version was designed for users who are smaller, with a backrest of medium height and a smaller than normal seat size.
This chair is ultimately simple and actually fits 95% of the population. Most fittings are automatic and it has a recline that is weight-sensitive. The mesh gives you lumbar support that is tailor-made.
(and no, that’s not a misspelling of “different,” it’s really spelled that way!)
This superior task chair is a full function model, designed for smaller and medium individuals. Multiple adjustments allow you to fit the chair to your frame, including adjustments for back angle, seat tilt, back height and seat height.
This chair fits people of small and medium stature. Multi-function controls allow for users to adjust the chair for their individual size.
This series is designed with more adjustability than other chairs. It has many features and can be adjusted easily to meet almost anyone’s needs.
The Freedom Task Chair has weight-sensitive recline and offers functionality and performance to keep users comfortable. It also lowers the risk of any long-term injury.
This is a stylish, small, simple petite task chair. It is budget-friendly and a good choice if you will be sitting for a few hours each day. It offers multiple adjustments and arm options.
Products made from leather have their own appeal. They’re a status symbol and leather chairs are usually quite comfortable.
There are other options available in addition to leather for office chairs. How do they compare? You will want to know the differences between leather and the alternatives before you purchase your next office chair.
Office chairs are made from leather, faux leather or vinyl, and other materials.
Vinyl Office Chairs
Vinyl is a useful leather alternative. Often it can look like leather. There have been advancements in the creation of vinyl, so that it resembles leather closely. Vinyl chairs are used in biotech offices because they are resistant to bacteria, and are easy to clean.
Vinyl does not last as long as leather, and where leather becomes softer over time, vinyl may feel more like plastic as it ages. Vinyl is less expensive to buy than leather, and you can also buy chairs that utilize leather and vinyl both, which can be a good alternative.
Faux Leather Office Chairs
Faux leather is a type of fabric that is leather infused with a polymer, giving it durability and strength. They are broken down and then brought together to simulate leather’s softness. Some may be harder, and they are usually not as shiny as real leather.
Leather alternatives are cheaper, but they do not become more comfortable as they age, as leather will. Leather has longevity, where artificial materials do not. Choosing an office chair involves many other things to compare, but it’s also good to have alternatives in materials. If you want to save money up-front, it may be beneficial to choose vinyl or faux leather. If you want a chair that will stand the test of time, then leather is your best bet.
How to Disassemble an Office Chair
If you want to replace a cylinder on your office chair, or return or ship it, you may need to know how to disassemble your chair. If you have the proper tools, disassemble is not difficult. These instructions explain how to remove a cylinder. When it comes to removing the chair arms and back, that is easier and since each chair is different, we won’t try to explain that process here.
Tools You Need:
- Pipe Wrench or Vise Grips
- Rubber Mallet or Hammer
Remove the Base
Extend the chair as high as it will extend, and remove the back and the arms. Then flip your chair upside down. Use a hammer or mallet around the cylinder rim that protrudes from the center of the base.
Be careful not to use the mallet on the cylinder middle or tab. Hammer all sides numerous times. This is easier if someone holds up the chair for you. 5-10 hammer hits should cause the chair to fall from the base. This leaves the cylinder attached to the under-chair control. Remove the wheels.
Remove the Cylinder
Apply your lubricant where the control mechanism meets the cylinder and let it sit for 10 or 15 minutes.
Use the pipe wrench or vise grips to grasp the cylinder as close as you can get to the control mechanism. Use an assistant or your body weight to prevent the seat from moving. Push forward on your vise grips or pipe wrench. After 5-15 seconds pushing, it will twist. When you feel it twist, the cylinder should come off easily. Total time is usually 10 or 20 minutes, as long as you have the right tools.
Replace a Cylinder
After you remove the original cylinder, replace that with a new one and assemble the rest of your chair as you did the first time.
Disassemble a Chair for Return
Package your chair as it was when you received it. You may not need the original box, but usually you will. Include all protective packaging or pack with bubble wrap. You will be liable for any damage in shipping.