More than 50% of office workers say their chair is the #1 thing they would change. A chair that can be appropriately adjusted and one that is well designed is a vital part of any ergonomic workstation. A well-made chair should support your legs, back, and arms while reducing forceful exertions, contact stress and awkward postures.
Chairs that are made poorly can cause back pain and fatigue as well as restrict circulation in the legs and cause swelling, numbness and pain. Inappropriately adjusted armrests can cause awkward postures or fail to provide sufficient support.
Follow this ergonomic guide to avoid unnecessary strain and pain:
- Use a removable back cushion if your chair does not have a lumbar support.
- Consider a backrest that is easily adjustable and is able to support your back in a variety of seated postures.
- The seat should be height adjustable and wide enough to accommodate various hip sizes.
- If the seat is not height adjustable, providing a footrest can help elevate the knee to relieve pressure on the back of legs.
- Use a height adjustable lumbar support so it can be appropriately placed to fit the lower back.
- Armrests should support lower arm and allow upper arms to remain close to torso.
- If armrests interfere with workspace or cannot be adjusted, remove them or stop using them.
- Chairs should have a strong, five-legged base.
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