How to Make Your Office Chair Work for You Not Against You

If your back, neck, legs, and arms are beginning to give you problems after a long day at the office, you should explore what is causing this pain and find a solution as quickly as possible.  More lost days at work are a result of back pain and associated problems that arise from sitting for long periods of time in a chair that isn’t a good fit for your needs.  Your posture may be poor, your chair may be poorly constructed, or your pain may be coming from a combination of the two.  To keep your productivity at its maximum level, you should investigate how an ergonomically correct chair can alleviate your back pain and provide you with the support that you need to do a good job all day long.  Let’s look at some guidelines for making your office chair work for you not against you in the office.

1.) Make sure that your elbows are parallel with your spine.  If you rest your arms on your desk, you should find them at a 90 degree angle so that you can work more efficiently without wrist or shoulder pain.

2.) You should find a little extra room between your thigh and the chair which has been purchased for you.  This will keep your feet flat on the floor and not place undue pressure on your knees or ankles.

3.) Measure the distance between the front of the office seat and the back of your knee.  You should find some extra space there especially when you sit against the back of the chair.  If you don’t feel good lumbar support, you may want to purchase a pillow so that you will respect the curvature of your spine and keep from putting those muscles in your lower back under strain.

4.) Don’t slouch in your chair.  This will aggravate your discs in the lower back area and cause back pain that can spread up into your neck and shoulder areas.  Put your bottom against the back of the chair and maintain a good posture for your workstation.

5.) Adjust the height of your computer screen so that your eyes look right into the centre of it.  If your screen is not in this position, you should adjust the chair so that your neck and shoulders won’t suffer the strain that is sure to come from a misadjusted screen.

6.) Make sure that your chair moves with you and works effectively for you.  Even if your chair is the most comfortable one that you’ve ever had, you should never sit for long periods of time without stretching and moving around.  If you’re working in an environment that requires a chair that handles static effectively, you may want to review the available clean room chair models that are available for purchase.  These chairs move smoothly with you and glide from location to location with ease and effectiveness.

Working in a comfortable chair can mean the difference between a good night’s sleep or a night of pain and suffering from neck and back pain caused from a poorly constructed office chair.