Until recently, many people thought that an ergonomic chair was meant for someone who had a health problem, an aching back, or even someone who was prone to filing a lawsuit or two. But the truth is that this kind of chair is ideal for anyone who spends any time sitting at a desk during the day and will make them not only more comfortable, but also more efficient throughout their work day.
What Is an Ergonomic Chair?
The main difference between an ergonomic chair and a traditional one is that an ergonomic one is designed with the human body in mind. These are not always the most comfortable chairs and you certainly wouldn’t spend any time lounging in one, but they are designed to support all of the areas of the body that tend to start aching when you are seated for a long time.
They usually have some kind of neck and head support, and a lumbar (lower back) support, too. They usually have arms so that you can rest your elbows while you are typing, and they are designed to so that your knees will be at 90 degrees as well as your hips. In other words, you can’t slump down or sit cross-legged in one of these chairs.
Why Do You Need It?
Research is showing that more and more people are suffering from various repetitive stress injuries and disorders as a result of sitting in a chair and working on the computer for hours on end. By using an ergonomic chair, you will be doing all that you can to protect your joints, tendons, muscles, as well as to distribute all of your weight evenly.
Chairs for All Sizes
Although in a perfect world every human would fit in every chair, that is just not the case. The average ergonomic chair is not designed for someone that weighs more than 250 pounds, so you will find that there are also chairs for larger people. Also, people who are very tall have special needs, too, so if you are taller or bigger, or you are buying chairs for people who are, keep in mind that many online office supply stores have office chairs that are ergonomically designed for “big and tall” folks.
Cost Unfortunately, simply slapping the tag “ergonomic” on any chair can increase the price, so it is really up to you to determine what you need in a chair and what your own definition of “ergonomic” is. If you will be spending a lot of time typing or seated at your desk, an investment in an appropriately designed chair is well worth it. You will have many more comfortable hours working, and you will also find that at the end of the day, you feel a lot better.