Is My Desk Chair Hurting My Back?
Humans are not sedentary creatures. Our bodies have evolved to move, twist, run and jump. And so it has been for around 200,000 years, up until recently, when computers became prevalent and stationary office jobs became commonplace.
Unfortunately, sitting in one place for a prolonged period of time has been proven to contribute to muscle stress in the back, shoulders, arms and legs. But back pain needn’t be a necessary part of the job description; sitting in the right chair can greatly improve posture and comfort, removing the stress from muscles and promoting optimum blood flow. Here at CPS Interiors, our furniture choices are designed to be ergonomic, as well as aesthetic. This article is going to explain how a chair can greatly impact your physical health, and will identify the best ways to solve this issue.
Why is my desk chair hurting my back?
A poor posture puts stress on certain muscles, especially when being exposed to these positions for prolonged periods of time. Excess stress can cause the muscle to become sore. This, in turn, leads the muscles to tighten up, and such tightening can wreak havoc on the internal structures of your body — especially if occurring repeatedly. Tight muscles can pull on surrounding structures and impinge nerves, causing pain that can become a chronic issue without proper resolve.
In light of these problems, office chairs must comply with a regulatory standard. However, just because all chairs must meet a certain criteria does not make them all equally as helpful. A good desk chair will help to support a healthy posture; likewise, a bad desk chair may still have the legal posture-promoting features in place, but these features may not be as satisfactory or easy to operate.
How can I avoid being in pain?
A good desk chair will incorporate the following:
- An easy-to-operate mechanism that allows you to adjust the height of your chair. A correct height is that at which your eyes are in line with the top of your monitor and your feet touch the floor (or a footrest) comfortably.
- Your chair should have a backrest that is easily tiltable.
- It is not a legal requirement to have a footrest on your chair, and typically a good posture can be promoted by having your feet firmly on the floor, but many workers prefer to have the footrest — at least as an option — and so opting for a chair that has a footrest can be beneficial.
- The chair should have sturdy armrests. This stops you from slouching over and arching your upper back.
- Optimum back support should be available. The back of the chair should arch ever so slightly, as this takes the strain off of your back. It should also be comfortable and not too firm.
Here at CPS Interiors, we’re fully versed on how office furniture can greatly impact the welfare of employees. Our business strives to ensure that our designs promote a healthy, comfortable place to work, in addition to looking modern and inviting. By investing in our services, you can rest assured you’ll be receiving guidance and service from a team of top professionals, all of whom take ergonomics into account when creating a design. This results in a happier, healthier — and therefore more productive — workforce. To learn more about our commercial interior design work, give our friendly team a call today.