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Tips to chose a good ergonomic chair – to avoid serious back problems.

ergonomic-chair2When was the last time you checked the amount of time you sit in your office chair ? 2 hours ? 5 hours?

But did you know that sitting long hours in your office chair can cause serious harm to your spine which leads to high stress and thereby serious back problems ? This could lead to serious long term implications.

It is therefore very important , nay, mandatory that your office chair is ergonomic and that  it supports the lower back and promotes good posture. This is an important thing to do. A good ergonomic chair could be a key difference in getting back home still active and charged by after a day of hard work and coming home fatigued and irritated and disturbed.

Keep the following things in mind when chosing a good chair for your office :

  • Let it be flexible : Your office chair should enable you to change its height . A seat height that ranges from about 16 to 21 inches off the floor should work best for maximum people.This will ensure that your feet is flat on the floor . your thighs should be in horizontal position arms even with the height of the desk.
  • Sufficient width and depth : Let seat have sufficient width and depth in order to support your posture  contentedly. Usually 17-20 inches wide is the typical width.You should be able to sit with your back alongside the backrest of the ergonomic office chair while leaving approximately 2 to 4 inches between the back of the knees and the seat of the chair. The forward or backward tilt of the seat should be amendable.
  • Lower back support : This is very important. Your lumbar spine has an inbound curve. Sitting for long periods without support for this curve tends to lead to slouching which flattens the natural curve and strains the structures in the lower spine. An ergonomic chair should have a lumbar alteration for both height and depth so that each user can get the proper fit to support the inbound curve of the lower back.

Also ,make sure the backrest of an ergonomic office chair  to be 12 to 19 inches wide. It should be adjustable in height as well as angle. It should be able to support the usual curve of the spine, again with special attention paid to proper support of the lumbar region.

The material on the office chair seat and back should have enough stuffing to be relaxed to sit on for extended periods of time. Having a cloth fabric that breathes is preferable in comparison to a harder surface.

But no matter what kind of chair you sit , make sure you dont sit in front of your system for long hours. take frequent breaks and walk about your office. Drink lots of water to keep your system hydrated.

One customer we consult ,sets a “to-do” list in his google calender and connects it with his mobile phone to get frequent reminders every 45 min – 1 hour . It helps him to keep track of time he spends sitting . At every reminder he gets up from his chair, takes a walk, drinks water, and does some basic stretches and gets back to his chair.

If you are spending long hours sitting in a chair at your home, then make sure you have a good ergonomically designed chair as well.

Here is a site where you will get more info on Office chairs : Styles of office chairs for better posture and comfort

5 Responses to “Tips to chose a good ergonomic chair – to avoid serious back problems.”

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