ERGONOMIC CHAIRS - What you should know

Ergonomic chairs have been around since the 1850s when the first office chairs were developed in America with the hope of making the workplace more productive. It wasn’t until the 1970s when modern ergonomic concepts truly inspired office chair design. Since the introduction of ergonomic office chairs, a stream of designs, research and information have been made available. From mono-leg seating stools to high back “gamer chairs”, ergonomic chair designs are seemingly infinite today. Ergonomic chairs are now the norm in most offices and even many homes – as we go to the office less in our hybrid working world. Ergonomic office chairs might be ubiquitous, but they are not all created equal. These are three key things you need to know about ergonomic chairs.

First, ergonomic office chairs are designed to keep your body from getting tired.

Our bodies need support when not on two legs, with an event and sustainable pressure on the spine, neck, and head. Getting support in the right places reduce muscle and joint strain on the legs, back arms and neck. These features lower overall fatigue and improve your work stamina.

Second, ergonomic office chairs are designed to be comfortable.

Features such as adjustable seat height, lumbar support height and seat pan allow for the user to customize their chair to their body type and needs. Features such as adjustable armrests, tilt resistance and even a headrest can help to ensure the user is in a comfortable position. These features are very helpful to reduce stress and improve concentration at work.

Finally, ergonomic office chairs prevent repetitive strain injuries and improve overall health and wellbeing.

The right chair which is set up for your body can keep muscles at relaxed but not slack which prompts you to make efficient movements all day. Being poised for efficient movements at work is like a sports stance on the field, they will prepare you for what’s to come and lower your risk of injury.