The Latest Cutting Edge Innovation for Offices!
To what professional interior designers refer as ‘contemporary office setting’, the ongoing innovations in working environments are incredibly rewarding to workers. There is much improvement which is has been implemented including aerated office space, energy efficient building walls, energy saving lighting, reliable drinking water supply and many other things. However, the latest cutting-edge innovation in offices touches directly to the health of the workers. In the recent past, efforts have been made to address the negative impacts brought by prolonged sitting.
An overview of a report published last year indicated that sitting in an office for more than 6 hours can cause low back pains. Prolonged sitting in a typical office chair is a motionless posture, which increases stress in the shoulders, arms, back, and legs. The stress, in particular, exerts too much pressure on the spinal discs and back muscles. The situation is made worse when you slouch over or down, leading to overstretching the discs, spinal ligaments, and other surrounding structures. Over time, this can cause long time back pains that could attract serious medical attention!
To find a lasting solution to this problem, office chair designers have come up with more improved ergonomic chairs. You might have heard about them or you just bought a few recently. It should be noted clearly that some of the chairs being sold in the market do not meet the requirements of actual ergonomic chairs. For that reason, I will outline the features you should find in real ergonomic chairs.
Properly adjustable seat height
If you bought a chair that doesn’t have a proper adjustable seat height, you need to go back to the market. An ideal ergonomic office chair must be adjustable up to your calf length so that your feet can rest squarely and flatly on the ground, as well as leaving a comfortable space for your legs under the office desk. In addition to adjustable seat height, it should come with a lever to allow height adjustments.
Properly fitted seat depth
This should be a crucial thing to check as you shop for an ergonomic office chair. The seat should allow your back to rest comfortably against the back of the chair. If your current office chair has a deep seat, you are likely to slouch or lean too far back. Basically, an ergonomic chair comes with an adjustable back that is well fitted to allow sitting in an upright position while the spine is leaning against the back of the chair. The chair should also allow a small space, about 3″ between the edge of the seat and the back of your knees.
Properly adjustable back with appropriate lumbar support
An ergonomic office chair should have an adjustable back so that you can adjust its lower back support to match with your lumbar height and curvature. Perhaps, your current office chair does not fit your lower back and that is why you keep on slouching. When you slouch too often, you are likely to suffer from back pain. The ergonomic office chairs are designed to address the issues of back pains, and that is why you need to buy a chair that can support your lumbar properly.
Appropriate arm support
Professionally designed comfortable office chairs have armrest to offer an extra support and comfort. The chairs with this feature are suitable for people who have existing back pain. However, you can prevent future back pains by replacing your traditional chair with the new office chairs. Since people have different tastes and preferences, ergonomic chair designers came up with chairs without armrests. However, they have all other basic ergonomic features to enhance comfort for the users.
Comfortable seat material and padding
Ergonomic office chairs come in a wide variety of seating material and padding designs. People have different preferences when it comes to comfort, and therefore you need to select those chairs with adequate cushioning and support. Adequate cushioning means you do not feel bulky or extreme padding material. There are also ergonomic chairs with cushioned back while others have a porous mesh back. With the wide selection, you can choose depending on what provides maximum comfort.
There are many benefits of using ergonomic office chairs over the traditional chairs. If you have been using a conventional office chair and already you have back pains, try an ergonomic office chair to feel the difference. Remember such pains can spread to other parts of the body over time. So, making a decision as soon as possible is highly recommended.