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Why are Ergonomic Office Chairs a Must

By | Kristina Rigina

Approximately four decades ago the number of office employees who visited physicians due to musculoskeletal issues such as back problems surged and it did not occur to anybody that the reason behind the surge was also partly due to the types of chairs that they were using.

As soon as researchers and medical professionals begin to look into the phenomenon, they all came to find that the majority of the individuals who sought treatment for back problems and such were not construction labourers or those who worked physically hard jobs, but most were actually office employees who sat on their regular office chairs for hours on end every day.

Various studies by medical professionals and as well as academia have proven it as a fact that sitting for long hours on regular chairs causes pressure to build up on joints and muscles where the body weight is exerted upon. Similarly, repetitive action such as clicking on a regular mouse causes issues with tendons that are connected to the muscles that move the fingers.

Office tables or desks that are not adjustable may be too high or too low for users which result in neck strains. Studies have proven that those who sit on regular chairs for about 4 hours a day on average have a very high probability of eventually suffering from back pain and develop poor posture within a decade.

These factors coupled with the increase in concerns over the health of employees that are directly associated with work led to an increase in interest in ergonomics by businesses, especially ergonomic chairs.

Apart from legislation that require employees to be well taken care of health-wise by employers, the fact that ergonomic office chairs contribute significantly to productivity has also been a driver behind the surge in demand for such chairs.

The primary aspect of the word ‘ergonomics’ itself revolves around the mechanics between the design of the objects that humans use and how they impact human interaction with these objects that could have negative or positive repercussions depending on the design of these object which also include the office chair.

Apart from office chairs other office equipment or office furniture that have a bearing on productivity also include office tables, cabinets, mouse, keyboards and even computer screens that office workers regularly use and interact with in a standard office.

However, focus is mainly given to the ergonomic chair due to the role it plays in supporting the body physically and ergonomic chairs are designed to do just this (support the human physical structure) that not only promotes good posture, but also keeps the user comfortable allowing him or her to be more attentive to their duties.

Nevertheless, it is important to also note the fact that, just because an ergonomic chair is designed to support the user’s physical structure effectively, it does not mean that the chair would be effective if the user does not use the chair properly.

In summary, the ergonomic chair will only be effective, provided users use the chair effectively and properly.

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