Office Chairs



Reduce Back Pain While Sitting In Office Chairs

Adequate back support is essential to reduce back pain while you sit in office chairs. Though not all office chairs are equally comfortable or equally painful, understanding ergonomics and good posture will always prove helpful while purchasing one! Office chairs must be supportive and adjustable to suit your body contours to make workplace more productive and fruitful. For employers, investing in good quality office chairs is like investing in good quality personnel. It will help you in the long run by making employees healthier and more comfortable which in turn will make them more productive!

Sitting up straight - perhaps in adulthood and especially when you come back home tired from 'sitting' all day, do you realize how much the teachers and parents always asking you to "sit straight!" were right! In today's times, most of our waking hours witness us sitting; we sit while commuting to work and back, we sit at our office chairs at workstations and meetings, back home we sit while watching the television and at the dinner table. Weekends are no better seeing us sit at movies, dining engagements and children's recitals. With all this sitting in our lives, it is only imperative we understand ergonomics and yes, sit straight!

Slouching at the computer and other bad postural habits lead to a painful back and severe back problems owing to prolonged poor posture. Inadequate back support leads to stress on the lower back region. The lumbosacral discs come under three times the stress while we are sitting than standing. Sitting for long periods of time without proper back support can lead to increased stress on the joints and soft tissues of the spine which causes lower back pain.

Poor posture leads to your weight shifting forward and increases stress on the lower back giving rise to conditions like sciatica. The sciatica is the biggest nerve in the body branching throughout the lower body and legs; a burning sensation or shooting pain into your buttocks or down the legs generally means you are near this condition. Remember all good things from your childhood and sit up straight on your office chairs!

Back support - the lordotic curve or the area above the buttocks curves inwards and requires the most support while you sit in office chairs. A well-supported lumbar region allows for good posture and painless office chairs! Unfortunately most ill fitted office chairs leave a gap between your lower back and the chair making it impossible to maintain a good posture while prolonged seating. In absence of supportive back rests in the office chairs, the lower back muscles work hard to align the spine. Eventually, however, the lumbar muscles tire and weaken and the head and the upper body begins to slouch forward in order to provide the needed support.

Good lumbar support in office chairs relieves the muscles from this added pressure of aligning and supporting the spine in absence of support from the chair itself. This especially holds good for longer periods of sitting, so always look for office chairs with adequate back support.

A few more tips to keep in mind while working sitting in your office chairs and working on computers:

Elbow supports are a must to avoid straining your neck. Most office chairs have adjustable elbow supports. These must not be too high to push your shoulders up. Your elbows must remain at the most comfortable position that is when they remain at right angles.

Your knees must remain at right angles and the feet must be flat at the floor or at a footrest. The most comfortable and stress relieving position is when your thighs remain at right angles and your feet are relaxed.

With the rest of the body, your eyes must always be at level with the computer screen. Too low or high increases pressure at your neck and back!

So make sure you not only have good quality office chairs with various options to allow for ergonomically correct sitting positions but that your employees also know the tips for ensuring their best comfort. A handout with the tips on how to adjust seating to make it more ergonomically suitable may help the comfort of your employees greatly.