Look for an ergonomic chair on wheels that swivels to avoid excess stretching and twisting of your spine and a five-point base won’t tip over when you recline. The tilt mechanism maintains support as you move and recline; it’s best to have your back slightly reclined while seated at your desk. The seat pan is the component of the chair that supports the majority of the user’s weight. Three or four fingers should fit between the seat pan’s front edge and the back of the knees. Tilt adjustments are preferred to allow for a forward working or reclined posture.
The terms computer ergonomics and office ergonomics are often used to mean exactly the same thing; they’re usually referring to body-adapted ergonomic chairs, office chairs, stools, desks, keyboards, mice, etc. Sitting at workstations that are not designed with ergonomics in mind can contribute to chronic problems like carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive stress injuries. Incorrect ergonomics can cause back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches, and many other medical problems. No matter what the task, an ergonomic chair will pay for itself fast due to experiencing less pain and increased productivity.
There are also many other ergonomic products designed to limit improper movement. By now most of you have seen those awkward looking keyboards and wondered why thy split the keys into two sections. The reason behind this change is ergonomics. By changing the angle that the keys are placed it allows your arms and wrists to use a more natural angle. The next time you type on a traditional keyboard notice how you have to bend your wrists outward to achieve a good angle.
Ergonomics is such a growing market that most ergonomic chairs are just a fraction more than there non-ergo counterparts. The main way to know if a product is ergonomic is if it says so. Companies who have energy saver technology advertise it. Ergonomic products will say loud and proud that they are ergonomic. If a product doesn’t openly advertise that it is ergonomic than either it was not designed to be sensitive to ergonomics or it is a cheap knockoff.
But how do I know which are the ergonomic ones and which aren’t? This part is easy. Because a lot of research and design go into the development of each ergonomic chair and often they have more parts they tend to cost a little more. Many are turned off by this but it is like buying a cheap mattress. Yes a $500 mattress can be slept on as easy as a $1000 one but your back pays the extra $500 in pain if you buy the cheap mattress.
Ergonomic executive office chair or seating, also called managers’ chairs, are often found with a higher back and leather or stitched leather upholstery. They frequently have a knee tilt mechanism, which is perfect for multitasking; it makes it easy to go from computer work to phone conferences. The ergonomic task chairs have height-adjustable, pivoting arm rests, oversized and linear tracking arms. The best ergonomic chair or office chair can recline and lock into several positions. And it’s best to have your back slightly reclined while you’re seated at your desk. When you change the tilt on any ergonomic chair, the angle between the seat pan and the backrest stays the same.