Sitting is essentially bad for you. Most experts agree about this nowadays, but for anyone in an office-based job it’s difficult to avoid for at least part of the day. Perhaps, though, as The Health Site suggests, the answer is that “you need to change the chair you use at work.”
Ergonomics is the science of adjusting our behavior and environment to benefit our health and efficiency, and the principle has been applied to creating chairs that work with the body rather than against it.
“There are more than 10 ergonomic aspects of individual seating to take into account in selecting an office seat,” according to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, “which requires settings and adjustments in order for the seat to fit the user – not the other way round.”
This means there has to be a broad selection of ergonomic chairs to meet all needs, and you can find the full range from ergonomic chair suppliers.
Some Ergonomic Chairs
There are a couple of hundred ergonomic chairs, but here are just a few examples:
- The Grahl Duo Back Type 11 isn’t just any office chair. It features Grahl’s trademark duo back to give your back extra support, as well as fully adjustable armrests that allow you to find the perfect position.
- The Koehl Salveo Executive Chair not only looks suitably impressive, but also features an ergonomic spring-core-seat and adjustable lumbar support to minimize back pains.
- The Varier Multi Balans Kneeling Chair was designed by the Norwegian company that originated kneeling chairs. Fully adjustable, it can be used for limited times to correct sitting posture and avoid back and neck problems.
- The Girsberger Jack Chair features an upholstered seat shell with four cushions of flexible foam rubber, producing a gentle rocking when you lean back. It’s perfect for long sessions round the meeting table.
- The RH Support Taburett Stool RH-4511 is a fully adjustable stool with round seat and backrest, which is perfect for taking a break from a long session of standing.
- The Herman Miller Anchor Lounge Chair, designed by one of the icons of the ergonomic chair, has a wide base and sweeping curves to support you perfectly, and is ideal for any lounge area.
Which Is the Right Chair for Me?
With so much variety, how do you choose the right ergonomic chair? The University of Pittsburgh offers a valuable guide to what to look for. Alternatively, we will be delighted to offer our expert advice. Find out what an ergonomic chair can do for your health.