Prevent Work-related Back Pain with Good Posture and an Ergonomic Office Chair

by Klaus on January 26, 2012

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It is very important to consider some factors that are vital when setting up office furniture, such as the careful planning and selection of which office equipment must be acquired in order to promote not only a high productivity rate from the employees, but also to promote an atmosphere of comfort while they are working.

Back pain is perhaps one of the most commonly known work-related injuries.  It is normally often caused by regular work activities such as sitting in an office chair.  People who tend to sit most of the day, especially those who use a computer at work while sitting in an office chair, are most susceptible to back pain.

Office ergonomics can help reduce the risk of repetitive injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome as well as the risks caused by prolonged sitting in an office chair such as leg pain, neck strain and lower back pain.

There are two simple ways on how to avoid work-related back pain – good posture and an ergonomic office chair.  Good posture is very important especially when you tend to sit for hours when working.  However, even if you know how to execute good posture while sitting, it won’t help much if your office chair is not comfortable or ergonomic.  To find that perfect ergonomic chair, you have to know the many characteristics of the ergonomic chair and how it can support your needs.

Below are some tips on how to choose an ergonomic office chair:

1. Get to know the different features of an ergonomic chair.

  • Height – the height of an ergonomic chair must be adjustable so that you can sit comfortably with your feet flat on the floor, with knees angled at about 90 degrees and parallel to your hips.
  • Backrest – the backrest of an ergonomic chair must support the natural curve of your spine which in turn provides lower back support.  The height must be ample enough to support your neck and shoulder region.  There are some ergonomic chairs that have a recline function in their back rest to let you recline while sitting.
  • Armrest – the armrests support your arms so that your shoulders can rest at a comfortable position while you are working.  Armrests must be adjustable in height and position for the convenience of different users and activities.
  • Seat – the seat of an ergonomic chair must provide comfortable support to the hips and buttocks.  The seat depth must measure from your back to 2 to 4 inches from the back of your knees.

2.  Think about what you will do most while sitting in your ergonomic chair.  Some people spend most of their work hours talking on the phone, while there are those who type on their computers the whole day.  Create a list of your needs and then compare the characteristics of ergonomic chairs to help you select the right ergonomic office chair for you.

3.  Go to stores that sell ergonomic chairs and try them out.  When you have selected the characteristics and functions of the ergonomic chair that you would like to have, go visit a store with ergonomic chairs and try them out so that you can assess support, positioning and comfort.

4.  Choose the color, materials and style of your ergonomic chair.  Many ergonomic chairs nowadays come in different materials and styles, such as fabric, leather or mesh back chairs.  Some models even come in different colors to suit your mood or the theme of your office room.

5.  Compare prices of ergonomic chairs.  Last but not least, browse at online stores, office furniture stores and wholesale stores to compare prices of their ergonomic chairs with the features you are searching for.  Do not forget to consider the cost of shipping should you decide to order an ergonomic chair online.

No matter what kind of ergonomic office chair you use, it is vital that short breaks must be taken throughout the day in order to improve circulation in your body.  Getting up from your chair every hour or two will definitely promote stronger posture, relieve strain on your eyes and absolutely reduce work fatigue.

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Olan Dantes January 27, 2012 at 15:37

Hmmmm… this I have to buy. I have problems with my back every evening after work.
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Adeline January 27, 2012 at 17:21

Valuable information here for people who work long hours on their computers. The trouble with chairs in an Office environment is that when you work in shifts, users keep changing the settings of the chair making it difficult to get the right ergonomic setting for yourself. The best option is to take as many tiny breaks as possible and do a few stretches.
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Chris Lucernoni January 28, 2012 at 01:58

As someone that sits at a desk all day long, I can tell you that the quality of chair that you use can have a big effect on your quality of life. Luckily the company that I work for provides us with nice chairs.

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Alex Braker January 30, 2012 at 07:22

it is necessary to take care of physics while working. Especially computer geeks who used to spend around 10-12 hours on the internet, they have to take care while choosing the office chairs.

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Sharda June 20, 2012 at 11:44

Na swoim przykładzie mogę powiedzieć, że długie siedzenie na nieodpowiednim krześle bardzo źle wpływa na plecy. Kilka miesięcy takiej pracy i wizyta u fizjoterapeuty murowana.

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Ezoman July 13, 2012 at 14:32

Есть отдельная группа людей, которая считает что сидя работать вредно и работают они стоя. Стул ставят на стол, на стул монитор.

Имхо, стоя продуктивность труда выше.

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Terry November 8, 2012 at 13:02

Ikea Marcus. All I’m going to say. It saved my life pretty much with all the time I spend in front of Photoshop.

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Tom September 13, 2016 at 23:35

wow amazing article! I have never used ergonomic chair, but i will definitely buy one. i think it’s great not only for personal comfort, but it also improves your productivity at work.
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