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7 Tips for Choosing the Best Ergonomic Chair

Choosing the right ergonomic chair for your body type is not the easiest task, but with a little research and helpful advice you will find the chair of your dreams. The following tips provide you with a base of what to look when shopping for an ergonomic chair, whether it is for home or the office.

Tip #1: All ergonomic chairs are not created equal. The saying “you get what you pay for” definitely applies to ergonomic chairs as well. You will find chairs ranging in price from $50 to $1000 and everywhere in between. Some will fall apart in a year and some will last a lifetime. Make sure you set your budget as high as you can if you want the best, most comfortable ergonomic chair.

Tip #2: One size chair does not fit all users. When looking for an ergonomic chair the more adjustable features it has the better. Not only will it make it easier for you to adjust the chair to your body type but if the chair you buy is going in a place where others might use it also it will make adjusting it to fit their needs that much easier.

Tip #3: Pay attention to the size and shape of the actual seat cushion and back rest. Most ergonomic chair manufacturers have a variety of seat sizes to choose from and the size you need is determined by, you guessed it, the size of your body! This is the first place ergonomic chairs differ from standard computer chairs because standard chairs rarely come in more than one size.

Tip #4: Can the height and tilt of the seat cushion be adjusted? Most chairs allow you to adjust the height easily but being able to adjust the tilt of the seat is a special feature that usually only ergonomic chairs have. Being able to set the tilt where you want it allows for even grater comfort than height adjustability alone.

Tip #5: Does the back cushion have multiple depth settings? A back cushion that only stays in one place is not very ergonomic so most ergonomic chair manufacturers include a feature that allows you to adjust the depth, or tilt, of your back support cushion. This is another adjustment that will help get your body in the proper posture for extended computer use.

Tip #6: Opt for the adjustable arms feature to really bring your seating experience to a whole new level. Adjustable chair arms allow you to change the height and tilt of the arms so they can fit users with various heights and seating postures.

Tip #7: Make sure the chair you end up purchasing is covered under warranty for at least one year. Good chair manufacturers will always include a warranty and they stand by their products 100%, it’s the less expensive brands you need to watch out for.

Minimizing Injuries With Ergonomic Chairs

Biotechnology experts claim that in the course of an office-based worker’s career, he or she would be spending 80,000 hours sitting on a chair, usually in front of a computer. Not a lot of people know that sitting for prolonged periods causes more injuries to the body than standing. To prevent such injuries, many offices now furnish their premises with ergonomic chairs for the use of their employees.

 

 

It is important to use ergonomic chairs in the workplace. As stated above, sitting for long hours can harm the body more than standing does. It is because while standing, the pressure of supporting the body is evenly distributed along the spine. The circulation of blood in the body is unhindered, and the spine freely receives the nutrients that it needs to remain fluid and flexible.

 

Sitting, however, makes the pressure of supporting the body uneven along the spine. The brunt of the pressure is received by the lumbar portion of the spine, which is the lower back. Blood circulation is blocked, and so the lower portion of the spine does not receive enough nutrients, causing it to harden. Preventing the lumbar portion of the spine from hardening is one of the health problems that ergonomic chairs aim to address.

However, buying even the best-designed and the most expensive of ergonomic chairs would be useless if the people using them do not sit on them correctly. Aside from using ergonomic chairs, a few minor adjustments to a person’s sitting habits will greatly reduce the cumulative damages that prolonged sitting can do to the spine.

For example, in the case of lower back pain, it can either mean that the lumbar portion of the spine is not being supported, or there is too much pressure on the vertebrae. It could also be that the muscles of the thigh are pulling at the spine because the legs are dangling and the feet are not flat on the floor. To address this problem, the backrest of the ergonomic chairs being used should be tilted forward slightly so it curves against the lumbar area of the spine. Another adjustment that should be made on the ergonomic chairs being used is to adjust the height of the chair itself so the legs are not dangling.

In the case of neck strain, tensed shoulders and pain in the upper back, it means the head is tilted too far forward or too far back. The arms also are not being supported. The adjustments that need to be made on the ergonomic chairs being used are, first, tilting the seat and the backrest either forward or backward so that the back, neck and the head are in a completely vertical position. As for the arms, the armrests of the ergonomic chairs being used should be raised or lowered so the arms are resting upon them comfortably.

If pain is experienced on the buttocks, then it means that there is too much pressure on the person’s rear. The ergonomic chairs being used should then be tilted so that the people using them are sitting deeper into the chair. The back of the thighs should also be in the seat pan.

Even the best and the most expensive ergonomic chairs cannot help reduce the damage sustained to the body if they are not being used correctly. Only a few minor adjustments to these chairs and to the person’s sitting habits are necessary, but the effects shall be great in the long run.