Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Office Ergonomics: Posture Habits FAQ
Q: Do I really need to keep my back in contact with the chair at all times?
A: We get asked this question all the time. The answer is a resounding yes. Each time you lean away from your office chair, you're missing out on key back support and your posture is suffering. Make it a habit to keep your chair back upright. Stay in contact with it when computing and avoid hunching over to type at all costs.
Q: How should my feet be positioned when working from my office chair?
A: Your feet should be placed flat on the ground and facing forward when you're seated in your office chair. If you're using the base of your ergonomically correct office chair as a foot rest, it's not longer ergonomically correct. When you perch on the base of your chair, blood flow is restricted. When this happens fatigue, cramping, and even pain can set in. Keep those feet flat and forward.
Q: How can I synchronize my desk and workstation to improve posture?
A: First things first, you need to get your computer screens up to eye level. If you find yourself looking down when computing, your neck and posture are paying the price. Raising up your computer screens will ensure proper neck alignment and head positioning for good posture. Additionally, you'll want to raise your chair arms to a height that allows your forearms to sit flat when typing on your keyboard tray. These basic workstation synchronization tips will go a long way towards helping your work in posture perfect positions.
Q: What are some good ways to remember posture tips for improved performance?
A: There's no substitute for practice! Go through your chair adjustment features to ensure you're familiar with them. To remain posture perfect throughout the day, you'll need to adjust from time to time. Make sure you're ready to do so with a healthy knowledge of how your professional grade swivel chair operates.
Studies have shown that posting a chart or diagram with posture tips will help keep them fresh in your mind. During task filled work days, posture tips can be hard to remember. With tips posted near your computer screen you'll turn them into good habits that improve performance in no time.
Q: How do I know if my office posture is bad?
A: All too often, workers assume they have good posture. Those who take the time to question their sitting habits, typically improve them quickly. It's important to listen to the signs your body gives you. Don't be afraid to ask yourself honest questions like "Am I dealing with pain throughout the work day". If you answer yes, the odds are your posture has something to do with it. Analyze your sit from top to bottom. Are you keeping your feet flat on the ground? Is your personal computer chair raised to the correct height? Are you keeping your back in contact with the chair at all times when computing? If you answer "no" to any of these important posture related questions, there's definitely room for improvement.
Q: What ergonomic products will help improve my posture?
A: As we sit for long periods of time, posture suffers. That's why we have seen a huge influx in the number of sit to stand desk top attachments introduced in the last year. They promote continuous movement while reducing fatigue.
You can also integrate an adjustable height monitor arm. It will help you keep your screens at eye level to reduce neck pain and posture related issues caused from looking down when computing at your workstation.
Additional items like footrests and articulating keyboard trays are also must consider office add-ons. If for nothing more, a foot rest will act as a reminder that your feet need not be perched atop the office chair base. An articulating keyboard tray that mounts underneath the desk will ensure healthy computing angles if setup properly. They'll also create lots of extra desk space that you can benefit from.
Q: How can I get the most out of my office chair to improve posture?
A: It's no secret that office comfort starts with their chair. That being said, even the most expensive office chair is only as good as its owner. To get the most out of your chair, you have to take the time to get to know it. Go through your owners manual thoroughly. If available, watch demo videos only to provide you with visual understanding of features and benefits you may not be taking advantage. At all costs, avoid the set it and forget it approach. Don't get sucked into the belief that once your chair is assembled and set up "comfortably" that nothing needs to change. Alternatively, understand that adjusting throughout the day to achieve proper posture and support is a must. Familiarize yourself with your chairs levers, tension knob, and arms to the point of supreme confidence.