If you work in an office, you have probably sat in the same chair, or at least a similar chair, ever since you started and if that is the case you can expect to suffer back pains in future years, possibly serious back pains. The fairly new science of ergonomics was started to study the effects that everyday objects have on our bodies and one of the things they discovered was that if people had worked in an office, due to the old fashioned chairs they were usually provided, they were more likely to suffer from neck and back pains in their older years. Experts in this new science therefore recommended that all office chairs be replaced for ones which were ergonomic, meaning chairs that allowed someone to sit in them for long periods of time without having to suffer back and neck pains as they grew older. As the manufacturers started to design ergonomic chairs they realized that there were difficulties due to the fact that we all have different weights and sizes and so no one chair could be ergonomic for everyone. To solve this problem, some of the manufacturers introduced office chairs which had several adjustable features on them, allowing whoever was sitting in it to adjust for their size and weight. That is why today, the best ergonomic office chair is the one that is adjustable.
Although not all of the adjustable ergonomic office chairs are the same, the better ones will have the following adjustable features on them:
- Chair Height – This is a feature that should be adjustable to ensure that you look directly at the work you have, not having to strain your neck by always having to either look up or down at it. Once your eyes are in line with what you are looking at, the stress on your neck should be greatly reduced.
- Seat Depth – It is no good having back support if your back does not reach that support whilst you are in a working position. The depth of the seat should therefore be adjusted to ensure that your back does get the assistance of the back support whilst you are working.
- Back Support – Whilst some back supports may support the whole back, other supports may be smaller in which case they are meant to support the lumbar section of your back and should be adjusted accordingly.
- Armrests – These are provided to offer your arms some rest whilst not working and so should be adjusted so that they do not get in your arm’s way whilst you are working.
- Headrests – If a headrest is fitted to your office chair, it should be adjusted so that your head rests on it. By having a headrest you will relieve pressure on your neck avoiding both headaches and backaches later on in life.
As there are so many different ergonomic office chairs available today, choose the one which seems to have the adjustable features most appropriate for your use.