29 March 2018

The advantages of ergonomic chairs

It is undeniable: in recent years we are working more and more with the computer. How many of us spend hours and hours sitting at a desk in front of a terminal? From the big to the small company, the PCs and consequently the sedentary jobs have increased, for this reason the focus is increasingly on improving the workstation.

Remaining for a long time sitting in the same position, it is possible to suffer from small physical discomfort that can turn into even more serious problems, especially if you do not have the right chair and you do not adopt a correct posture.

That’s why in this article we want to list and illustrate the benefits of a good ergonomic chair that can allow you to spend a lot of time sitting, without the back or the limbs being affected. All office chairs, not just the directional ones, should be chosen so as to be comfortable and practical for those who use them.

It is essential that these chairs have a good adjustment mechanism, particularly as regards the backrest and the seat, which must be adjustable, sliding forward and backward and lowering in the front side. In this way the angle between the pelvis and the back widens, helping people not to  be “hunched” in front of the computer.

Ergonomic office chairs are designed in such a way that they do not have rigid parts in contact with the body and do not condition the posture too much. In addition, the back upholstery is often made of mesh or material that allows good breathability.

Typologies and features of ergonomic chairs

Currently there are several models of ergonomic chairs on the market, and it is possible to choose between versions with or without backrest. The traditional ergonomic chairs that do not have the backrest are those in which the position is adopted while sitting on the knees. This type is definitely indicated to maintain a good posture even after many hours spent in the same position, to strengthen the muscles and to have an excellent support to the spine.

Certainly this chair has its pros and cons: the back certainly remains very straight but, having no backrest, a large part of the weight is concentrate on the lower limbs, and this can be tiring.

For those who prefer a more classic chair, ergonomic seats are available with the typical structure of an office chair, including a backrest.

The elements of this type of chairs, seat and backrests, have ample dimensions to comfortably lean back and head. The structure is swivel, and allows you to work moving over multiple workstations, making natural movements, without too much effort.

For the well-being of the body, it is in fact important to have a chair that is as dynamic as possible for the spine and muscles also at work, where traditionally  people are rather sedentary.

The “Active Sitting” is the philosophy behind a kind of healthy and intelligent seat, dedicated to satisfy the natural need for body movement.
An ergonomic chair that allows you to adjust the position and move easily, rotating, swinging and tilting, will therefore offer you many advantages. Let’s see the main ones:

  • Improving posture will also allow you to maintain proper blood circulation
  • You will have good back support exactly where and when you need it.
  • A comfortable chair that adapts to natural movements, will help you in breathing and you will be more relaxed even in situations of work stress.