Before you go into detail researching each type of ergonomic accessory, it is important to understand the value each accessory can have for you, health wise and productivity wise. This quick reference page is geared to do that for you. For specific product recommendations and reviews, please browse specific sections within this guide, or contact us today!
Need an ergonomic chair for your office?
Have you ever considered that you might need an ergonomic workspace, and might need to correct your sitting posture?
Consider first, before dropping five to fifteen hundred dollars (or more) on a chair:
How are you sitting?
You could spend all that money on a chair, and how you're working might mean that you could have just bought an expensive rock, for all the good the chair is going to do you!
A saying of ours: You ought to adjust your environment to your body, not your body to the environment! And guess, what? There are many tools to help you do that.
In a nutshell, we'll go into the optimal sitting position and items you might want to consider. Note in the picture, she is sitting upright, forearms and upper legs roughly parallel to the ground, upper arms hanging loosely down and feet on the floor. Bring the monitor as close to you as comfortable, preferably an arm's distance away and it is usually best to have a keyboard tray that has a negative tilt, it's easier to keep the wrists straight.
That is proper posture. But also keep in mind that you should be static for 8 hours straight. Remember to get up every half an hour and walk around, stretch, etc. Move around, it's worth it.
How to accessorize your workspace for maximum comfort and productivity:
The Monitor Arm.
With today's flat panel displays, people have a tendency to place the monitor all the way to the back of the desk and end up leaning forward out of the chair to see the screen. They might as well be sitting on a milkcrate! As I type this, I literally have my screen at the edge of the desk, and still have the desk space because of my monitor arm; if I need to move the monitor out of the way it's very simple and convenient.
For shorter people, generally less than 5'4", something which is a life-saver for most is a footrest. Consider- when your feet don't touch the floor, the weight of your legs is pulling you down, out of the chair. A footrest not only helps reduce pressure points on the back of the upper legs, but also helps you use the entire back of the chair. Try it, you'll find your back presses back further into the chair. We have varying brands available, but one that stresses movement is preferred to a static one, as movement is generally a good thing.
The Keyboard Tray.
There are people who do not like the keyboard tray, because of its departure from the now customary position of the keyboard - namely, moving the keyboard under your desk. Once you get use to the new position, the ergonomic benefits are clear; your wrists will love you for it.
Again, when looking for a tray, make sure it has a negative tilt adjustment capability, so you can tilt it to the right position for your wrists. Like any ergonomic item, it needs to be adjustable to fit your specific ergo needs.
This is only a quick overview of ergonomic seating and accessories, I could bore you for hours and it's a field which is always evolving. Check back soon for more ergonomic information, or, as always, chat with us or call us!