Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Your Office Chair Could Be Causing...
First things first, you want to keep your back in contact with your chair when sitting down. Don't lean forward to type on your keyboard tray in the office. This bad habit will cause you to suffer from back pain over the long term. Every time you lean away from the back of your chair, you're eliminating ergonomic benefits.
Hunching over your desk surface to type will cause your back to stiffen up. To put it simply, it's not posture perfect. Be sure to adjust the angle of your chair to ensure you back stays properly supported and in contact with the seating surfaces.
The improper use of your office chair can also result in serious lower back pain. It's important to operate a chair with sufficient lumbar support. Adjustable lumbar supports are preferred, but many of today's best chairs come equipped with naturally pronounced lumbar areas that really come in handy. If you are a "set it and forget it" chair operator, a chair with a naturally pronounced lumbar support will be ideal. This way, your lower back area is properly supported without the need for multiple adjustments.
You'll also want to avoid crossing your feet out in front of you while working. Instead, adjust the height of your office chair to ensure your feet are able to be planted flat on the ground and facing forward. Don't use your chair base as a foot rest either! This common issue reduces blood flow and causes lower leg pain over the long term. The chair base is for mobility and stability, not a foot rest.
The height and width of your chair arms can cause you to type at incorrect angles if you're not careful. Be sure to adjust your chair arms to a setting where you can type comfortably and correctly. Poor computing posture can result in carpal tunnel syndrome and other serious aches and pains that can be otherwise avoided with proper arm adjustment.
If your chair is sitting to high, you'll likely be looking down at your computer screen. This can cause neck stiffness that results in fatigue and even pain. Adjust the height of your chair to where your eyes are level with the computer screen as soon as possible. This quick fix will yield major results.
The seat of your office chair can either work for you or against you. A seat that's too small will be uncomfortable and cause a drop in productivity. A seat that's too large won't properly fit the contours of your body. When selecting your chair, pay close attention to seat dimensions to ensure you select a model that works best for your specific needs and body type. We recommend selecting a task chair with a waterfall seat edge. The natural curve at the end of a waterfall style seat will make your legs more comfortable while simultaneously improving blood flow.
No matter how great your computer chair is, sitting for long periods of time can be dangerous. Studies have shown that extended sits can actually shorten your life span. For this reason, you'll wan to get up from your chair once every hour. Look away from the computer screen for a few minutes to let your eyes adjust to natural lighting. Stretch out those muscles, get a drink of water, and take a quick walk around the office. Doing so will no doubt make you more effective when you sit back down.
In the long run, even the most luxurious office chair is only as good as it's owner. You have to take the time to master the features of your chair. Don't take the "set it and forget it" approach. Be confident in your chairs ergonomic features and rely on them each day to keep you comfortable. Don't be afraid to adjust your chair multiple times each day to meet the needs of specific workplace tasks. By committing to good sitting and posture habits, you'll be on your way to a healthier, happier, work life.