Office work involves a lot of sitting down; there is very little that can be done about that. Timetabling of tasks can introduce periods of standing and moving around which break up the time spent sitting at a desk. Office workers should be encouraged to stand up, stretch gently and move around frequently. However, even with these measures in place, the average office worker will spend the majority of their day sitting down.
A sitting position places stress on the structures of the spine and can result in back pain. If an employee already has a bad back it can make matters a lot worse. Therapod orthopaedic chairs are a cost-effective solution to this dilemma. A pain-free worker who is comfortable at their desk will be more engaged in their task and ultimately more productive.
Five things to look for in a better office chair
Well designed office chairs such as Therapod orthopaedic chairs can make all the difference to the comfort of your employee at work. There are five key areas to investigate in order to ensure your investment in a better chair for them is well placed:
- Easily adjustable seat height. The height of the seat must allow a seated worker to have his or her feet flat on the floor. Thighs should be horizontal and arms should be at the height of the desk.
- Seat width and depth are crucial. The importance of the depth of an office chair is often underestimated. To achieve adequate back support, the chair must allow the user to sit with his or her back against the backrest and still have a gap of between 2 and 4 inches between the back of his or her knees and edge of the chair. If the seat is too deep, the worker will sit too far forward and will not have their back supported.
- Support the lumbar spine area. The lumbar spine is naturally curved but sitting for long periods can flatten this curve which strains the muscles and connective tissues in the lower spine. Unfortunately, lower back pain is the unpleasant result. An adjustable lumbar support will allow a worker to place the support exactly where they need it to gain maximum support.
- Adjust the back rest. The back rest may be fixed to the seat as one piece or may be separate. Either should allow the user to adjust the back rest forward and backward to find the most comfortable angle for the individual. If the back rest is separate you can also adjust the height to suit the length of the torso of each worker.
- Material makes all the difference. A padded seat is a must for anyone who sits down for a prolonged period! However, breathable, cloth materials are often preferred.
If a chair claims to be orthopaedic but lacks one or more of these features, make sure you investigate further whether it’s going to be worth your investment.
We recommend Therapod orthopaedic chairs
Investing in good postural health will allow you to reap the benefits of improved productivity. We supply Therapod orthopaedic chairs and have heard lots of positive comments from those suffering with a painful back due to long periods of sitting. Alternatively you can choose from our range of orthopaedic chairs which come recommended by health professionals and with a full five year guarantee. It’s what your employees deserve.