These days people spend more and more time at work and on a chair
If you sit at a desk to work and use a computer, having a comfortable and supportive office chair is a crucial step to keep you happy, creative and successful.
The main requirements for good seating are; circulation in the thighs is not restricted, and the posture requires little effort to maintain, also stress on your back should be minimised maintaining the natural S-shape of the spine without muscular tension.
The longer you’re using the chair, the more modifying features you’ll need. All the adjustments should be within easy reach and you should be able to operate them, while seated, with minimal effort. Lumbar support is essential if you’re going to use the chair for long periods.
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Your feet should rest flat on the floor without compressing the back of your thighs; otherwise you’ll restrict blood supply to your lower legs and feet – resulting in tired and possibly numb legs.
Seat depth: You should be able to sit right at the back of the chair without pressing the backs of your knees, using the backrest correctly to support your lumbar region.
The backrest should be an appropriate size and shape, supporting the lower and middle back properly without restricting arm or shoulder movements, maintaining the natural S-shape of your spine.
Backrest tilt: A tilting backrest allows you to open up more of the angle between your body and thighs helping you breathe more easily.
If you’re going to spend some time in the chair, you need to support the weight of your arms, for extended use, they should adjust.
This is also a very important feature. When you’re working, you may need to reach other parts of the table or desk. If the chair doesn’t swivel, you may have to frequently twist to reach; not good for your back.
The seat, armrest and backrest should be padded firmly enough to support you, but be comfortable enough for you not to feel pressure points, or the hardness of the chair frame on the base of the two prongs of your pelvis. The upholstery should be permeable so that the seat can breathe and minimise the build up of heat on the seat.
Back supports and lumbar cushions, as well as lifts and rockers for the feet will all to help with well being and ease discomfort while you are at work.
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