Anyone who works in an office knows how important it is to have the right chair. Since office workers are mostly seated all day long, the right chair can save them problems with back pain and stress to the spine. Conversely, an inferior chair can contribute to bad posture and back pain and maybe even frequent absences from work due to pain or related illness.
The best kind of office chair is an ergonomic chair. That means it has certain qualities that lead to good back health. For one thing, most ergonomic chairs are adjustable in a variety of ways. Seat height must allow for the feet to be flat on the floor. The seat itself must be wide enough and deep enough to offer good support. Backs should fit against the backrest with a few inches between the back of the knees and the seat of the chair.
Most important of all is that there is lower back support for the curve of the lumbar spine so that there is no strain in the lower back. The backrest, armrest and ability to swivel should all be adjustable so that the proper angle can be arrived at for ultimate comfort. Arms and shoulders should be able to relax while the occupant is seated. The chair should be able to rotate easily so that everything on the desk or table can be reached without strain.
Ergonomic chairs come in all fabrics and materials. There is the leather office chair, of course. Chairs do not have to be very expensive. But by all means there must be an opportunity to try them out to insure that they are comfortable for the persons who will be sitting in them.
Besides leather there are other materials used for office chairs, such as wood, webbing, or net. The same rules apply to those too: the ability to adjust the chair to the comfort of the user so that there is no strain on the back.
Very often desk chairs are an afterthought, ordered after all the other office furniture has been selected. Little thought is given to back health, but that should be the number one priority of office chairs. Just make sure that you can return the chairs should it turn out to be necessary. Office desk chairs that are a good fit means a happy office worker, who will provide service with a smile instead of with pain contortions.
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