In this age of technology, many people are suffering from different types of injuries and body pain. Ergonomics has become a buzz word in the office and office furniture industry. Sitting at your desk for 8 to 10 hours a day can cause severe pain in the back, neck and shoulders. Most of us who work in offices or work at home spend long hours working at a computer. Pain comes from problems in spinal alignment and posture. Circulation to the arms and legs can be impaired. In short, you can suffer immense pain from doing your job.
Since so many people work at the computer, many studies have been done on how changes can be made in office equipment to provide comfort and prevent possible injuries. Nowadays, office chairs are designed with ergonomics in mind; ergonomics promotes comfort, productivity and health. Slight variations in design of an office chair can promote spinal health and prevent injuries from poor posture.
Most people who work full time at a computer desk spend more than 30 percent of their time at their work location. The design of your office chair is essential to your spinal health. When your spine is comfortable (without pain) you can be more productive. Whether you are self-employed or you work for someone else, being productive is the key to making a living.
What to look for in an ergonomically designed chair
Everyone is built differently; an ergonomically designed chair that is a good fit for one person may not be a good fit for another. A good chair should be adjustable. You should be able to adjust the height of your chair. The back rest should be adjustable and offer good back support. If your back tends to sweat, you might want to purchase a chair that has a mesh back, rather than one that has a leather or vinyl back.
Ergonomically designed chairs may be more expensive than other types of office chairs, but the money spent is an investment into your comfort and productivity. A good chair is one that you can move around in easily. A swivel chair allows you to do just that. You can move about your work area easily without having to stretch and strain your body. A good chair is well padded to prevent soreness over your bony prominences. If there isn’t enough padding, pressure from sitting can cause pressure on the part of your pelvis that you sit on.
Some ergonomically designed chairs have arm rests and others don’t. Arm rests may be a priority for some people, while they aren’t so important to others. Arm rests can help support the arms, thereby preventing downward pressure on the shoulders. Before buying an ergonomically designed office chair, try it out. Try out several chairs. You will know right away which type of chair is a good fit for you.
Personal experience with an ergonomically designed office chair
People working long hours at a computer are very likely to experience pain and injuries to their spinal discs. I have degenerative disc disease. Prior to having the chair that I use now, I used a kitchen chair. I suffered greatly with neck and shoulder pain. I suffered from low back pain also, but my neck and shoulders hurt me the worst. I don’t know the name brand of the chair I use; I inherited a desk and chair from a friend who gave me hers when she got a new one for her business. Having this ergonomically designed office chair has made a big difference in how I feel.