Ergonomic Chairs

Written by Sierra Rein
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An extremely good move to make when designing an office space is to include a few ergonomic chairs. Poor posture and badly designed office chairs create most of the occupational injuries and backaches normally induced by the workspace. Indeed, musculoskeletal disorders in the lower back are the most prevalent of all known work-related disorders.

However, through the proper use of ergonomic chairs, these disorders can be prevented. A good ergonomic chair should keep the user sitting in a more reclined position, with the neck and head laid out on a headrest. This position will keep the disc pressure light on the spine and should reduce the chance of injury.

Ergonomic chairs should be chosen to fit the individual and should be adjustable in seat height, backrest and headrest height, and armrest level. If the seat is too high for the person to put his or her feet on the floor, undue pressure can be placed on the inside of the thighs and create circulatory problems in the knees and feet. Thus, it is a good idea to place a footrest to properly maintain feet and leg support.

Ergonomic Chairs Should be Kept Symmetrical

One of the biggest problems facing most office workers is staying in a slanted position, usually with one shoulder or arm kept lower than the other. It is important that the armrests on any ergonomic chair be placed at the same level as well. Otherwise, the spine may be kept in a dangerous lateral curve, a position that can lead to lower back injuries, slipped discs and pinched nerves if held for long periods of time.

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