How Office Chairs Can Spell Trouble For Your Back!

By: lynter
The eight-hour workday is a thing of the past for most employees. Long hours sitting in one position in inadequate office chairs is taking its toll on the backs of business people throughout the United States. This can lead to lower productivity and more sick time taken.

Doctors are reporting more and more back related problems that are due to the amount of stress that is put on lower back muscles. This stress is directly related to poorly constructed office chairs, and the posture that the employee has when he or she is sitting in the chair. More often than not, the employee slouches causing even more strain to the spine.

Studies have shown that there are steps that can be taken to reduce the increase of back-related problems. For those who are sitting at a desk for long hours, it is recommended that you get up and move around every half hour. Natural body movement counter acts the negative effects that sitting for extended periods of time causes. Adjusting your posture is another way to lessen the stress that sitting causes.

Experts advise that the best thing you can do is to purchase ergonomically correct chairs for the office. Ergonomically correct office chairs are specially designed to fit the body of the person sitting in it. These office chairs are adjustable in height, allowing the person to have their feet resting flat on the floor as is recommended. This type of office chair also has lumbar support, which is very important for long periods of sitting.

Ergonomic office chairs also have seat cushions that are rounded in the front, allowing for good blood circulation for your legs. The generic office chairs have square cushions that often cut off the blood flow to some extent.

The North American Spine Society conducted studies that concluded that one sixth of the working population in the United States have a back pain to some degree.

The old adage "You get what you pay for" comes into play when you start shopping for office chairs. You will find a large selection in different price ranges. It is critical to your employees' health that you purchase the right kind of chairs.

Physicians in Switzerland have developed an amazing ergonomic office chair. The Ergo Chair was designed with a large oval cushion and back. It is designed to prevent slouching, thereby reducing disc compression in the lower back. What makes this chair different from the rest is that is provides slight motion to encourage better blood circulation.

There is another type of ergonomic chair for the office that is good for many who spend long hours sitting. It is a kneeling chair. Just as the name suggests, the person is in more of a kneeling position. To encourage proper alignment of the back, shoulders and neck, the hips are slid forward. Support and reduced compression of the spine comes from the seat and the shins.

Office chairs play a big part in the overall well being of people who have sit for long periods on their jobs. When employees are comfortable, it shows in increased productivity and decreased sick days.

Summary:

According to a survey conducted by The North American Spine Society (NASS) in 2004, 1/6th of all American adults suffer from some type of back pain or the other, due to prolonged periods of sitting in inferior quality chairs. Hence, it is essential to have good quality chairs in the office for the overall health of people. This will increase productivity and decrease sick leaves.
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