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Ergonomic Chairs and Their Benefits

Updated on December 19, 2011

Benefits of an Ergonomic Chair

Sitting at a computer all day may be taking its toll on your back. Whether you are working in an office or freelancing at home, an ergonomic chair can provide comfort and also prevent future problems. Ergonomic chairs are designed to provide the maximum amount of comfort to the user. Consider a chair that is adjustable.

What is the purpose of an ergonomic chair?

The objective is to fit the workplace to the worker and not the worker to the workplace. This is done by taking into account the physical capabilities of each person.

Note: The word - "ergonomics" comes from two Greek words: "ergos," which means work, and "nomos," which means natural law.

What happens when I sit here working for hours?

Sitting, especially for long periods of time, places a great deal of stress on the body because it transfers the full weight of your upper body down to the buttocks and thighs. Additionally, pressure is also increased on your inter-vertebral discs.

Following are some questions and answers:

1 - How does an ergonomic chair help?

An important and primary benefit is the ability of the chair to improve your sitting posture by providing support to the back and neck - this reduces stress on the spinal cord. The backrest provides lumbar support, which is adjustable on many chairs. A proper lumbar support should be curved small enough to fit in to the small of your back and clear the pelvis and back of your rib cage.

If you have Inadequate lumbar support it will place excess pressure on the spine. The recline adjustment in the chair changes the seat relative to the floor - which will then help transfer some of your upper body weight to the backrest.

2 - Why is computer use a reason for an ergonomic chair?

The use of desktops and notebook computers exerts stress on the wrists and elbow region of the hand and this often results in pain. If the ergonomic chair has adjustable height and width armrests, with at least 2 inches of soft material, it will provide adequate and individual support.

3 - Why do I feel discomfort in my thighs?

It is body weight as mentioned above. To reduce pressure on the thighs an ergonomic chair, with tilt adjustment, will allow you to work in a forward posture. This will help provide a sufficient gap between the back of the knees and the front edge of the chair and, therefore, reduce pressure felt at the back of the thighs.

4 - What other advantages over a traditional chair?

The ergonomic chair allows you to change positions all day. Sitting in a traditional chair creates a static posture - which is the position you are in right now if you do not have an ergonomic chair. This static position creates stress in the back, wrists and elbow regions, as well as in the legs and thighs. Switching to an ergonomic chair will eliminate these problems. It can also reduce fatigue and the risk of injury, increase blood flow and often help increase your productivity.

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    • pinkdaisy profile image

      pinkdaisy 7 years ago from Canada

      This is a great hub! I need an ergonomic chair - I am starting to have back pain from working on the computer. Ergonomic chairs are becoming more and more popular.

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      mrfluffy 7 years ago from Northamptonshire

      Excellent points, if you work in an office you are required to have a DSE (Display screen Equipment) assessment to ensure your set up right and you don’t get health problems. If you work from home or use a computer a lot you need to ensure you are not putting yourself at risk of developing a long term disability such as Carpal tunnel syndrome or back problems.

      Good Hub.

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      The Pink Panther 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I used to get a really sore back from a cheap office chair. There's some great information here, I'll have to get one.

      Great hub!

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      I need to invest in one of these. I sit at a computer a lot myself and this is a would be great for my back. Thanks for the information. Voted and rated it up!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Totally true - without ergonomic chairs (and proper keyboards, desk heights, etc) I'd be in worse shape than I already am! Doing medical transcription for a living is a grueling job to be honest. So ergonomics is where it's at - or it should be for every MT!

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      anglnwu 7 years ago

      Ergonomic chair also helps with computer eye syndrome. Thanks for sharing--I definitely need one.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Ergonomic it will be - I will make the investment. I think many of us working at home forget that we too are working and sitting for long hours.

      Thanks a lot!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      my computer chair is ergonomic, that's it and it keeps me well postured too, Nice one..

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      CountryCityWoman 7 years ago from From New York City to North Carolina

      You know my thighs often bother me and I started sitting on a pillow. It helps just a bit. But I imagine I am doing some damage to my back. I should consider investing in a chair and my health.

      Thanks a million and rated up!