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FAQs About Ergonomic Chairs
This entry was posted on May 14, 2010.
Wikipedia defines ergonomics as the science of designing the job, equipment, and workplace to fit the worker. With that being said, proper ergonomic design is necessary to prevent repetitive strain injuries, which can develop over time and can lead to long-term disability. Ergonomic chairs are designed to complement the body's natural movements while reducing the detrimental effects of repetitive motions. Ergonomic chairs are built with the idea in mind that the chair should adjust to the user, not the user should adjust to their chair. While some of us have a plethora of knowledge in the study of ergonomics, most are not well versed in the subject. Many of our customers have questions regarding ergonomic office chairs, their many adjustments, and ultimately what is going to be the best choice for them. We have compiled some of our most frequently asked questions from our customers regarding the subject of ergonomic chairs to share with you our expert knowledge on the subject and hopefully aid you in your quest for the perfect ergonomic chair for you.
- What are the benefits of ergonomic Chairs? While sitting in a chair may seem to be a stress-free activity, it is actually quite the opposite. Sitting, especially for extended periods of time, places a lot of strain on the lumbar section of your back. This combined with not sitting in your chair properly can lead to major health issues including severe back pain which can lead to missed days of work or even worse health problems down the road. Ergonomic office chairs, when properly adjusted to tailor to your body, create a supportive seating environment. Along with proper positioning of your desk, computer, and other work related necessities, your ergonomic chair will prevent you from feeling tired throughout the day and less aches and pains in the long run. A high back ergonomic chair with extra lumbar support and a headrest will aid in providing full body support and reduce shoulder and neck pain.
- The number one question we receive from customers is how to select the chair that is going to be right for them, and with good reason. Most ergonomic chairs will typically be more expensive in price as opposed to your typical office chair and customers want to make sure they are going to get what they pay for. It is essential to find an ergonomic chair that is fully adjustable. You should be able to modify both the seat height and seat depth. You also will want to be able to move the backrest up and down to suit your heigh and back or forward to meet your measurements. If you are a taller or heavier individual do some investigating for a big and tall chair which are designed specifically for such individuals. If you are shorter than 5'3" look for a petite office chair that will allow you to have a smaller seat size, a seat slider, and possibly even a shorter cylinder to ensure your comfort. Not all ergonomic chairs are created equal and will not work for every individuals height and size which is why it is important to explore multiple options to figure out what will work best for you. How do I select the right chair?
- What workplace factors should I consider? Your chair will only be considered ergonomic if it is the right fit for you. Not every chair that has ergonomic in its title or description will suit everyone or every type of work. If you work in a laboratory with high tables, your needs will differ from someone who uses a computer all day. In this particular situation you would opt for an ergonomic stool or a chair that has an extended height drafting kit. If your work environment requires you to have stable seating and glides rather than casters on your chair, your needs will also be different from a fast paced environment where rolling around on casters would be much more efficient. Consider the motion required for your job and find a chair that allows you to extend your limbs to approximately one- half their full range. Another important factor to take into consideration is your desk height or if you have an ergonomic keyboard tray installed under your desk. If your desk is low to the ground or you have a keyboard tray installed beneath your desk, you may need an armless ergonomic chair to ensure that both you and your chair will fit comfortably underneath the desk.
- What if I do not know which adjustments I need? The more adjustable the chair is to your body the better, but with more adjustments their also comes an increase in price. Try to determine which adjustments are most important to you; do you want less pressure on your thighs when you lean back? In that case, opt for a knee tilt mechanism rather than spring tilt. If you experience a lot of lower back pain, try to look for a chair that has an inflatable lumbar support or built in lumbar support. Are you of taller or shorter stature? Add on a seat slider to ensure that your thighs are properly rested on your your seat and not hanging off. If you are like me and experience neck pain when sitting for extended periods of time, search for a chair that is high back and also comes with a headrest to help relieve your pain.
If you are looking for an ergonomic chair and need advice on which ergonomic chair would work best for you, feel free to call or e-mail Sitbetter and a chair expert will be more than happy to give a free ergonomic consultation to determine which chair will best suit your needs.