9 Tips to organize your Ergonomic Work Station and Office Chair

Frans Fouche Ergonomics, Health & Well-Being Leave a Comment

Not many people are aware that having a desk job can actually be hazardous to your health. Sitting for long periods of has proven to be a serious health issue. Its recommended that you consider alternate between sitting and standing at work. Our Height adjustable desk makes this a lot easier than ever.

It is important that while you are seated, you make sure that you are doing all you can to ensure the health of your spine. Here are 9 Tips to help organize your ergonomic work station and office chair:

1. Check your posture.

tumblr_inline_no74ub7eh31qeika0_540Start off by sitting as close as possible to your desk, with your hands rested on your desk and your upper arms parallel to your spine.

Now check that your elbows are at a 90-degree angle. If they are not, adjust your office chair higher or lower to achieve the perfect 90-degree angle. Also make sure that your knees are bent at a 90-degree angle.

It is highly recommended that you try to maintain this perfect sitting posture as much as possible, and should you find yourself slouching, give yourself a break by getting up and stretching.

2. Don’t sit too high.

chiropracticThe average person’s ankles swell from 6 to 8 percent, at the end of each day. However, people with back, leg or circulation problems can experience swelling from 10 to 15 percent. Sitting in a chair that is too high can increase the odds of ankle swelling.

A suitable seat height for most workers ranges from 16 to 21 inches off the ground. A good rule of thumb for testing whether or not your chair is too high, slide your finger underneath your thigh at the front end of the chair. If it’s easy to do, you chair is likely at a good height. If there is less than a finger’s width of space between your thigh and chair, your chair is likely too high.

3. Boost your feet in certain situations.

If you are having trouble placing your feet on the ground because of your desk or your chair being too high and cannot be adjusted, consider using a footstool to prop your feet up as opposed to leaving them hanging all day long. Using a footstool will help reduce pressure on your legs and hips which will decrease foot pain at the end of the day.

4. Raise your work surface if needed.

stand-up-for-ergonomics-postureI you are quite tall and you find that there is more than just a finger space between your thigh and your chair, it’s advised that you raise the height of your desk. This will then allow you to raise your chair to a more suitable height that will reduce strain on your back.

5.Check the depth of your seat.

The number one thing that people don’t often think about is the immense difference the depth of your chair can make. If the seat depth is adjusted to fit your person needs, you will notice a huge difference in back pain.

seat-depthSeat depth refers to the length between the back edge and the front edge of your seat. To check for proper seat depth, first sit all the way back in your chair. Look at the space between the front edge of your chair and your calves. Make a fist and bring it to the edge of the chair and push it on the calf.

If you are able to fit a full fist between the front edge of the chair and your calf, you are likely to have enough space for circulation. However, if you are not able to, you chair is probably to deep. To fix this problem you can move the backrest forward or insert a cushion, pillow or a rolled-up towel to support your back.

6. Support your back.

The number one key to an ergonomic chair is back support. Your work chair should be able to do a number of things for increased productivity and circulation.  A good office chair should provide back support that can be angled at 90 degrees or be altered if needed, include cushioning that pushes your back forward when sitting back in the chair.image1

Lower back support is essential in preventing slouching and minimizing the load on your back. Keeping this in mind, the backrest of an ideal ergonomic office chair is typically between 12 and 19 inches.

7. Watch your posture.

Most of the time, employees have chairs with great back support but they don’t take advantage of these features because they sit on the edge of their chair.

Make a conscious effort to press your bottom against the back of the chair, and avoid slumping or slouching, which places extra stress on the lumbar discs and other structures of the lower back.

8. Watch the height of your screen.

35d0f91eb07dd6602d980d073faacfeeNow that you have adjusted you chair to the height of you table, your legs are comfortable and your back is supported, close your eyes and take a deep breath.

Now that you are looking forward with your eyes closed, slowly start to open your eyes. Were your eyes aimed at the center of your computer screen? If not, we advise that you adjust your screen so it is level with your gaze.

Raise your laptop or computer screen with book or a small box. This will help reduce neck strain.

9. Adjust your armrest.

ergo_armsContrary to popular belief, armrests play quite an important role in reducing neck and shoulder strain, they also diminish the likelihood of slouching forward in your chair. Adjust your armrest to the point where your arms are slightly lifted at the shoulders. Doing so will allow the armrest to support just your elbow and take weight off the shoulders.

After making all these changes, you could ultimately decide that you actually need a new office chair. If you do find yourself in the market for a new chair, you’ll want to consider many factors as discussed above.

But luckily for you, Office Scene has a wide variety of office chairs to choose from and their trained consultants are standing-by to help you with all your office needs.

For any further questions of queries, please don’t hesitate to contact Office Scene on 021 933 2492.

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