Is your office chair killing you?

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One look that most offices are opting today is the dynamic look. This gives the feeling of both comfort and proficiency in a particular space. It attracts and holds the fancy of people who are working and visiting the office that feeling of a great environment. This kind of look compliments both sides of the fence. For office employees, the dynamic look gives a sense of rejuvenation, which is important if you have to sit in that same place for more than 8 hours a day. Hence, selecting the right kind of office chair becomes extremely crucial.

Working in an office usually involves spending a great deal of time sitting in at a particular place – it is a position that adds stress to the structure in the spine.

New research in the distinctive fields of epidemiology, molecular biology, biomechanics, and physiology is converging towards a startling conclusion: Sitting for long hours is a big health risk. And exercising doesn't offset it either. People need to understand that the qualitative mechanisms of sitting cannot be substituted by walking or exercising. Therefore, to avoid conglomerating back problems, it's important to have an office chair that's ergonomic and supports the lower back while promoting good posture.

Some of the features one should look while selecting a good ergonomic chair: Firstly the Seat height should be adjustable. A pneumatic adjustment lever is the easily assists in doing this. A seat height that ranges from about 16 to 21 inches off the floor works for most people. This allows the user to have his or his feet flat on the floor, with thighs horizontal and arms even with the height of the desk. Secondly Seat width and depth. Usually 17-20 inches wide is considered as standard. Depth needs to be so that the user can sit with his or her back against the backrest of the ergonomic chair. The forward or backward tilt of the seat should be adjustable. Thirdly, Lumbar support or Lower back support in an ergonomic chair is very important. The lumbar spine has an inward curve, and sitting for long periods without it can lead to slouching and strains in the lower spine. An ergonomic chair should have a lumbar support adjustment (both height and depth). The backrest should be able to support the natural curve of the spine, again with special attention to proper support of the lumbar region. Seat material should have enough padding and comfort. Armrests should be adjustable so as to relax the shoulders and forearms.

These days many office interior decorators are offering a variety of comfortable and dynamic office chairs that catch the eye of a visitor and helps in creating an impression and at the same time they sensibly ensure that you don't have to compromise on your health while working.

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This article was published on 2011/08/26