Office chairs are perhaps one of the biggest causes of back pain that there is. Although people may sit in an office chair for most of their working lives, they often do not take the trouble to ensure that the chair they sit in is ergonomically suitable for them and it is the sitting in an inappropriate chair for many hours a day that is the cause of many people’s back pains. These pains may start off as niggling inconveniences but unless the chair is changed, can slowly get worse and become excruciatingly painful in later life.
An ergonomic chair is a chair that allows you sit in a natural posture, one that does not put any strain on your back or neck and yet still allows you the freedom of movement to do your job. There are many different office chairs available to buy today and although they are not all ergonomic, many are and so you should carefully select the chair that will be most suitable for you at work. There are many brands that claim to be the best office chair 2016 but of course all those claims are not necessarily true and so you have to do your own research.
One of the best ways to research something today is via the internet and there are many sites online that have written reviews of the different brands of office chair available but here are a few things that you should look for in a good ergonomic office chair:
- Height of the pan which you will sit on. On some of the better office chairs, the height of the seat is adjustable and that is one plus you should look for.
- Depth of the seat. The depth of the seat should allow you to sit back against the backrest and yet not have the seat dig into the back of your legs when you do so. With your back fully back, there should perhaps be room for two fingers to fit between the front of the seat and the back of your legs.
- Back support. Support for your back is very important, especially in the lumbar or lower back region. It is a lack of support here that often first creates back problems.
- Chair tilting mechanism. When you lead back in the chair, not only should the backrest move backwards but the seat should also lift up slightly in order for you to keep a good posture. Usually the back will move twice as far as the seat but their movement should be in unison.
There are other features that you should also look out for such as if the chair has head and arm rests, are they also adjustable? Not only will a good ergonomic chair assist you in health matters but it will also allow you to be comfortable whilst you work. If your boss will not buy you an appropriate chair, it may be worthwhile offering to buy your own and bring it to work.