Desk Chairs

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Desk chairs
ergonomic desk chairs

desk chairs

Desk chairs: Back breakers everywhere.

As part of the progression and development of service based industries, office work has increased exponentially which means people are chained to a desk chair for extended periods of time, like a battery chicken. Many of the current desk chairs that are currently on sale on the market are completely unsuitable in the long term for providing the much needed support of the spine and as a result many people are now finding increased back problems due to poor posture at their desk chairs. Physical therapists and chiropractors have all reported increased workloads and referrals, all of which are people with major back complaints and the overwhelming majority of them are stuck behind their desk chairs for huge amounts of time.

However, it should be noted that it is both inaccurate and unfair to lay the blame exclusively at the service industry. As part of our daily lives, and the predominance of personal computers in households everywhere, this has meant that even more time is spent sitting on desk chairs. For people that are suffering from an aching back, migraines and a stiff neck after sitting at their desk chairs for any length of time may want to think about purchasing ergonomic desk chairs.

Ergonomic desk chairs have been specifically designed to prevent poor posture, and these ergonomic desk chairs are not just a cheap gimmick, but instead have been subjected to rigorous scrutiny and testing by various medical experts and are all FDA certified so you can rest easy. Such ergonomic desk chairs are more costly than standard desk chairs counterparts, but, when it comes to your long term health, then no price is too large.

Ergonomic desk chairs are also exceptionally comfortable, which is hardly surprising when you think about it. Ordinary desk chairs are created in such a way that they effectively work against the natural inclination and design of the human body, which poses a great strain on the spine and neck. Having the back completely rigid and straight for extended periods of time is not safe or advisable, and this is why it so uncomfortable, this is your bodies way of saying "hey! These desk chairs aren't safe!"

For those who are unable or indeed unwilling to purchase such ergonomic desk chairs, there is a more simplistic way of reducing pain. Take greater awareness of your posture when you sit at your desk, the way people sit in desk chairs has a major and direct effect on the pressure and strain put on the various spinal disks. When sitting at their desk chairs, most people tend (and we are all guilty of it at some time or another so don't deny it!) to slouch in their desk chairs, or even worse, they lean forward from their desk chairs and then proceed to hunch their shoulders over.

What people feel to realise that when they stretch out and hunch over from their desk chairs they are seriously stretching their spinal ligaments to an unhealthy and hazardous level. If you can imagine an elastic band being stretched from one side, the band will continue to expand and become more and taut, until eventually, it will snap. Before it snaps however, it will become steadily more weak and liable to snap, and this is precisely what is happening to your spinal ligaments.

Whenever you see someone sitting in their desk chairs, make sure that they have properly aligned the base of their spine to the lower part of their desk chairs, even something as common and simple as a small cushion, or pillow will better stabilise their spine and thus prevent any jerky, unnecessary movements.

When you are establishing your workstation, one of the most important aspects in keeping it safe is to ensure that you set a decent and appropriate height for your desk. Once you have your desk configured properly, you then can adjust the computer desk chair to the height of your workstation this will mean that if your desk is totally level and even then stretching is reduced.

As a general rule, ensure that your elbows are at a 90 degree angle whenever you place your hands on the desk, if you can't achieve this, then simply adjust your desk chair either higher or lower until you find the ideal angle. Another simple yet very effective test to see if you have set your desk chair at an appropriate height is how easily you can see into the very centre of the computer screen. If you have to look up or down, then this will put additional strain on your neck.

As can be plainly seen, these are very basic and easy to achieve steps in reducing the strain your poor body suffers whilst you are sitting at a desk. If you are an employer, you may want to give some thought to training your staff so as to give them a greater degree of awareness as to the need for proper posture whilst sitting at their desk chairs. Doing so can potentially save you large amounts of money in the end, if people are unable to attend work due to medical appointments and treatment programs, then they are not able to work and earn you money. You may also potentially find yourself liable for negligence claims and lawsuits, and so it pays dividends to invest even a little time to such health and safety issues.

Training your staff as to the need and importance of taking care whilst they are sitting at their desk chairs does not need to be overly complicated or expensive, a company memo/email with diagrams or a step by step walkthrough will be enough.

Allow your employees to take regular breaks so they can exercise so as to allow and stimulate blood flow and flexibility to their long suffering backs. Ever woke up in the morning and then stretched? Notice the huge difference in your energy levels and you mood? This is a result of the increased blood flow.

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