If you work in an office, a call center, or even from home; then you know that your chair is one of the most important pieces of equipment in your workspace. A bad chair can lead to a variety of issues, the largest one being uncomfortably during work itself. Not to mention back, shoulder, hip and leg cramps and pain on a daily basis. That being said, how does one alleviate the problem? The answer is almost too simple, get an ergonomic chair.
The term “ergonomic” may seem like something used to just sell products, however it actually is a science devoted to the study of people’s efficiency in their working environment. Which is why they have equipment know as “ergonomic” to help with just that; your ability to work well in the environment that you need to work in. While this term is broadly used in the modern workplace, there is still an enormous difference between regular work chairs and it’s ergonomic counterpart.
The biggest difference with ergonomic office chair is that they have the ability to be adjusted, not just being able to lower or heighten the seat. Adjusting the back support allows you to choose how far back you the chair can lean at anytime. Which helps your lower back and supports your lumbar while you sit; it also allows you to recline which can be a wonderful help when you need to stretch or arch after about an hour of sitting.
Adjustments to the armrests on a chair is also very important. Shoulder and elbow pain is very common after sitting in one position for an hour or more. Being able to adjust the height or width of your armrests can not only alleviate stress and tension in your shoulders, but it can also help cure neck pain and headaches. Many ergonomic chairs focus on this adjustment over many others because of the amount of relief it can provide.
Picking an ergonomic chair is one of the few things throughout the venture that will actually take some time. It may not seem very important, but getting a good “feel” for the chair is crucial. Taking anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes for each chair that you are looking into will give you a nice baseline for how the chair will feel in an everyday setting for you.
So you if you find yourself having cramps, aches, or pain of any kind during your working period, just note that it could be your chair. Ergonomics are made to focus on different kinds of body stress, so do some research if you’re thinking of investing in ergonomic equipment.