Ergonomic Desk Chairs

Written by Erwann Marshall
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Unfortunately, the items most overlooked in healthy offices or workplaces are ergonomic desk chairs. These are essential elements of a productive working area, as they are designed to offer support to the back, limbs and hips. A good desk chair can reduce poor posture, undue stress and needless exertions of joints and tendons.

Ergonomic desk chairs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. However, they have one element in common--adjustability. They can be set in a variety of angles, heights and sitting positions to ensure proper fit for the employee.

Sometimes purchasing ergonomic desk chairs for the entire office can save a business thousands of dollars in health costs, absenteeism and errors due to fatigue and body pains. An office equipment manager should test different chairs amongst the workers to find out which one provides the best support. He should also learn how to set each chair up and adjust it personally to each employee.

Essential Elements of Ergonomic Desk Chairs

Every chair labeled as "ergonomic" should have a moveable backrest that should conform to the spine's natural curve and a seat that can be adjusted for an individual's height. Ideally, the armrests should be soft enough to allow the shoulders and upper arms to relax with the elbows close to the body. Finally, the chair should ride along a solid base fitted with rolling casters and a swiveling core to allow for full movement across a workplace floor.

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