Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The Chair Whisperer: Fighting Office Discomfort

The Chair Whisperer
Hello. It is I, The Chair Whisperer Looking for advice about your ergonomic office chair and how to get supremely comfortable in the office? You're in the right place! In today's post we'll research common areas of workplace discomfort and how to tackle them effectively with your office chair. Enjoy!

No one enjoys being uncomfortable in the workplace. Discomfort can cause a major drop in fatigue, and thus result in poor productivity. As the fight against discomfort starts with the office chair, it's important to master the functionality and adjustments your chair has to offer. Start by researching your chair online. You'll quickly find instruction manuals and even product demo videos to aid you in your quest.

Once you've mastered your office chair, it's time to start putting your ergonomic knowledge to good use. You'll want to start by synchronizing your chair and workstation. As most all ergonomic task chairs and computer chairs manufactured after 1990 come standard with pneumatic cylinders, adjusting chair height to the correct level is a must. You'll want to adjust to a comfortable operating position that ensures you are able to keep your feet planted flat on the ground. This will help you to improve blood flow while taking pressure off you knees. Do not compute from your chair with your feet or legs crossed. This is one bad habit that must be broken as soon as possible!

Now that your chair and workstation are in sync, adjust the tilt tension knob on your office chair. This piece should be located underneath the seating surface and on the side of your chair mechanism. Tighten the knob to your desired tension. If you've ever had that falling feeling when leaning back in your office chair, a loose tilt tension knob is the most likely culprit. Tension should be set to a point where medium resistance must be applied for your chair to lean.

It's supremely important to keep you back in contact with the chair at all times. Slouching over your keyboard tray and leaning forward when computing provides zero ergonomic benefits. Your chair back is one of the most useful features. It likely features contours, lumbar support, and additional attributes that will help you operate comfortably for longer periods of time.

All to often workers report muscle stiffness and soreness that's directly related to poor back support when working. Adjusting the tilt angle on office chairs will ensure you are operating upright and correctly. Avoid looking down at your computer monitor to type. If you're a taller individual, make use of your chair headrest when working. This will help support your neck and prevent aches and pains you can surely do without.

If your chair is raised up to high, you're probably looking down to type. That being said, you can effectively raise your monitor with an articulating arm. If funds are tight, free options like stack of books or a shoe box will due in the short term. This will make your workspace more effective, and your sitting experience more enjoyable.

If your chair has adjustable arms, they will also come in quite handy. Be sure to put them to use when typing! Don't over extend to type on your keyboard tray. Keep your wrists planted on top of the chair arm pads to provide yourself with as much support as possible. Computing at the wrong angle can cause major health problems that can be avoided by forming good posture and sitting habits.

As the information in today's post may be a lot to take in, place common reminders around your workstation to help. A simple cheat sheet posted on your tack board will keep the important tips fresh in your mind. Lets cover a few of the basics!

Tips for Sitting Success:

  • Keep Back In Contact with Chair at All Times
  • Keep Feet Flat On Floor when Computing
  • Avoid Crossing Feet and Legs when Sitting
  • Keep Wrists Flush Across Chair Arm Pads when Computing
  • Take A Short Break Every Hour To Stretch and Avoid Muscle Stiffness

Remember to never settle for office discomfort. As even the best ergonomic chairs are only as good as their owners, these helpful tips from The Chair Whisper will get you started on the path to ergonomic success. In the long run, only you can make the changes needed to take back your work day! Form the good habits needed to just that.

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