What is Ergonomics?
Ergonomics is science
Ergonomics is the science of designing products that are optimised for people to use. An ergonomic chair is designed to improve productivity by reducing tiredness and general discomfort, making work, gaming and general computer time more enjoyable. Many homes and offices, and those in the know, use ergonomic chairs due to the stress and strain injuries associated with prolonged computer use.
Ergonomics is the science of designing products that are optimised for people to use. An ergonomic chair is designed to maximise productivity by reducing neck and back pain and overall body tension.
The right ergonomic chair supports your back, arms, buttocks and legs, and improves your posture. So, what are the feature benefits that an ergonomic chair should have?
- Height: Your chair should be easily adjustable and at least 28 to 36cm off the floor to ensure you can place your feet flat on the ground. This prevents you from slouching and generally improving your posture.
- Backrest: The backrest of your chair should be around 30-35cm wide with special attention paid to proper lumbar support. It should feel natural to the curve of your spine and have adjustable angles so you can rest comfortably without feeling rigid.
- Armrests: While not all chairs come with armrests you can consider them for a more comfortable position for your arms and shoulders to rest, as opposed to leaning on your desk. Use of the armrest for standing markedly reduces stress on the lower back!
- Seat depth and width: The depth of your chair is really important as it stops you from leaning forward and thus making the backrest obsolete. It should not be too long. The width of a chair is typically 40-50cm wide.
- Lower back support: Lumbar back pain is a big issue for many. An ergonomic chair should have lumbar adjustments to support the sway in your lower back. This reduces pressure on the discs, helps align the shoulders and leads to less forward head tilt, easing neck tension and maybe the occasional headache.
- Padding and foams: The materials used should be both breathable and easy to clean.
- Swivel and wheels: While it may not be necessary for everyone to have these features, it does help reduce straining and make it easier to move around your workspace.
Now that you know what to look for in a good ergonomic chair you can go out and find what best suits you. Remember that looks aren’t everything – it’s all about comfort.
The last point is to consider not having castors. Should you have an existing back problem, be restricted in movement or not “sure on your feet’ castors could be a hidden danger.
At Back and Neck most of our models can be supplied without castors, providing increased stability and safety.