If you are working in an office, chances are you spend a lot of time sitting in an office chair. Staying in a sitting position for an extended period of time can add stress to you and your body especially your spine. To prevent back problems, it is important to use a chair that will support your lower back and something that will help encourage good posture. |
Orthopaedic office chair comes in many styles suited for office use. Since this is so, there are some things that you need to look for in a good orthopaedic office chair. This will let its user use the chair well for his/her particular needs.
Look for these factors when buying an ergonomic office chair.
The chair height should easily be adjustable. Check if the chair has a pneumatic adjustment lever. Choose a seat height that will allow you to have your feet flat on the floor while your thighs are horizontal in position and arms are even with the height of the desk. The seat should be rightly sized in width and depth to allow comfortable support. Standard width of an orthopaedic office chair is 17-20 inches wide; the width is enough to allow you to sit with your back against the backrest of the chair. The forward or backward tilt of the chair should also be adjustable. For this type of seat, the lower back support is very important. Check if the chair you are buying has a lumbar adjustment so that you can properly adjust it to support the curve of your lower back.
The backrest of an orthopaedic office chair should be wide enough to support the natural curve of the spine. If the chair has a separate backrest, it should be adjustable in height and in its angle. Be sure that it has a locking mechanism to prevent it from going backwards. Check if the armrests are adjustable. It should allow your arms to rest comfortably, and your shoulders to be relaxed. Elbows and lower arms should rest gently and your forearms should not be on it when you are encoding. Any ergonomic chair is easily rotated so that its user can reach different parts of their desk all while on the chair.
The chair’s material should also be considered. It should have enough stuffing/padding so that it's comfortable when you sit on it for longer periods of time. A breathable cloth fabric is preferable than a solid surface.
Joseph works for Norwich based Lockwood Hume. They offer a huge range of office furniture and office supplies, including the orthopaedic office chair, providing stationary and furniture for home offices, corporate businesses and retail environments.
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