Ergonomic Computer Chairs

Written by Sierra Rein
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Healthy offices practically require the use of ergonomic computer chairs to help employees sit comfortably and safely at their desks. Ergonomic studies have shown that a chair designed to allow full relaxation of the back and upper body will prevent common problems like lower back pains, headaches, neck stress and tenseness of the shoulders and upper back muscles. Investing in ergonomically built chairs can help a business deal with worker's compensation costs due to office-related injuries and errors commonly made while an employee is tired, in pain and irritable.

Knowing how to set up ergonomic computer chairs within an office space is the first step towards proper alignment of the body. The back of the chair should be adjusted to a 100°-110° angle, with both the upper and lower back fully supported. The seats should be adjusted to fit each person so that his or her feet are flat against the floor and the knees are either equal or slightly lower than the hips.

Small additions such as headrests, footrests and lumbar pillows can be added as necessary to keep the torso and leg in complete symmetry. This will promote full relaxation of the body during work and will keep the individual from maintaining an uncomfortable position for a long period of time. The most effective ergonomic computer chairs are built on a swiveling base core set on at least five rolling legs.

Ergonomic Computer Chairs and Other Office Items

Sometimes a chair must be purchased in relationship with other items in the office, such as the desk, keyboard tray and footrest (if available). It should be adjustable to the height of the desk and allow the person a natural reach to the keyboard, phone, keypad and any other items that are used on a regular basis throughout the day. If armrests get in the way of comfortable seating, they should be removed or replaced with ones that encourage the arms and elbows to be in a relaxed position.

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