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In this Corvid 19 environment 88% of organizations have encouraged or required their employees to work from home, working from home may sound easy and all its take is a chair, laptop and the interest, but a large majority of the population either doesn’t have a proper setup or a setup that isn’t ergonomic. Many people work on their couches, at their kitchen table, or while sitting on a stiff chair in their home office. As the days progress, it is becoming increasingly important for people to invest in a good office chair. So, what drives this importance of using a good office chair while we work from home?
Better Sitting position
Ever since the word, that is, ergonomics has spread, research has concluded the angles at which our desks and chairs should be placed along with their heights for health benefits. While, no doubt, that will make your home office setup to become more ergonomic, it won’t be as effective for your back. The most that it will do is, it will reduce the percentage of the strain that you might feel in your neck. At the end of the day, these angles and heights are just not doing enough in return for the effort. When it comes to working in an environment where one must sit for prolonged periods of time, there’s no doubt that our main focus should be our back’s health. We have had customers sitting on a side of a coach or a kitchen chair for hours a days, over time this can lead to back pain, it can also cause increased stress to the muscles in the neck, arms and legs and this can lead to a tremendous amount of pressure to spinal discs. There is also the metal heath issues that goes along with this, when buying a chair there is no such thing as a perfect seat adjustment, providing a chair specifically designed for everyone is not possible. The best way to insure you buy the correct chair is to get a chair with fully adjustable back and seat that can accommodate a maximum range of adjustments, Buying a chair with soft padding may seem very conformable at the time but If you sit for long periods of time on a soft chair it distributes the force of your weight into your muscles and can make you feel worse. A very soft surface makes your back curve which in the long run could cause complications, If this is the case it may help to put a towel or something soft but not squishy under or around your sitting position
Stops you from Slouching
Sitting in an office chair for prolonged periods of time can definitely cause low back pain or worsen an existing back problem. This is why we must ensure that our posture remains impeccable throughout. After a certain point, all of us tend to slouch over unless, of course, if we use an office chair that helps us maintain our right best posture and keep us in. Once you slouch for prolonged time periods, day after day your spine’s health is sure to deteriorate. We must stress even with the best fitted chair we would always recommend getting up and moving around after prolonged time sitting in a chair.
Our spine is constructed of discs and ligaments. Unless you maintain your posture while sitting, you have a high possibility of overstretching these the spinal ligaments. That’s not all, after a certain point of continuous slouching, the spine’s discs start to become strained, as well. This can have a highly damaging effect on the structure of your spine. So, to prevent the future back pain that could be debilitating, it is important for you to invest in a good office chair. One that will do all the work for you.
A Good Office Chair Will Help Improve wellness Over Time, how will investing you money into purchasing a good office chair help you combat some of the health problems that come with slouching over in our current unsupported chairs?
Several high-quality office chairs have features, such as a contoured backrest, a height-adjustable neck rest, pivoting armrests, and more. All of these features are designed specifically for the purpose of preventing you from slouching over. How so? Well, a contoured backrest will help cradle your back and will also help you in maintaining your posture without you having to put in the work. All in all, a good office chair will, without a doubt, help you in improve your posture. This directly leads to improving the health of your spine in the long term.
Minimization Of Neck Problems
While you work at a desk for prolonged time periods, it comes as no surprise this can lead quite a lot of tension and strain within your back, neck and shoulders, where you can definitely feel the stiffness in your neck after a long day’s work.. By investing in a good office chair, which has a supportive neck rest, you can actively avoid bad posture and neck problems,
Less Pressure Absorbed Within Your Hips
Most of the chairs that you’ll find in your home will have a hard surface or a soft, yet thin cushion, which is placed on the hard frame. Using these chairs in your home office setup can cause you to exert a dangerous amount of pressure on your hips. As time progresses, this can lead to either extreme discomfort or even numbness. This is another issue that can be prevented with the use of a good office chair, as the high-quality ones have a seat that is soft yet sturdy. The height of a good office chair’s seat can also be adjusted to make sure that there is minimal to no pressure absorbed within your hips during long work hours. This feature is particularly beneficial for those who may suffer from sciatica.
All adjustable features of a well ergonomic office chair will accommodate the different body types, activities, and work styles. A well fitted chair will allow you to work for longer periods by improving your comfort and ensuring that you are in the best position to perform your tasks. You will be less likely to be distracted by soreness and able to focus on job tasks.
Enhancing Job Satisfaction:
Ergonomic office chairs are more comfortable than the standard office chairs as they have multiple adjustment positions and can be adapted to fit each user. Using a supportive chair that allows you to perform your job duties without causing pain, fatigue, or muscle strain will keep you in a more positive state of mind.
Save you money !!
You may view the cost of an ergonomic chair as expensive but this should not be looked at as expensive but rather an investment in your health, back related problems can very debilitating and very expensive when you factor in medical costs when visiting your doctor/physiotherapist, a new ergonomic chair will allow you to sit for longer periods of time allowing you to be more productive, it will promote proper posture and allow you to perform tasks more efficiently,
If your current chair is not suited it may cause muscle pain and tightness that requires you to take more frequent breaks to stand and walk around. The need for frequent breaks reduces your productivity throughout the day.
Better posture what more could one want? No doubt buying a good office chair isn’t just money well spent rather, it is an investment. The return of which you are sure to receive in the long term.
Simple ways of helping with back pain when sitting for a long time,
Try and change your seating position to a standing desk, these desks can be raised to a standing height allows the person to work standing upright hence taking the pressure of your back, we would recommend one that is ergonomically designed to help you maintain good posture by allowing you to adjust the height of the desk,
Use a heating pad. Many people find heat soothing. It also promotes healing by bringing blood to your back.
Use a support. Placing a rolled-up towel or special lumbar pillow at the base of your spine while sitting will help you remember to sit up straight and provide you with some stability.
Get a massage. This can help loosen and relax tight muscles.
Consider yoga. Yoga is known for its ability to stretch and strengthen the body. Many programs allow for modification of the poses as needed.
We hope you found this article helpful, if you looking to purchase an office chair and are no sure what chair would suit your need please feel free to take a look at our full range of chairs or call us in Swords Co Dublin on 018408031