18 January 2018

In the office: the correct chair for your well-being

When you spend many hours sitting at your desk, you necessarily need to know the rules for a correct posture, so as to avoid pain and discomfort at the most sensitive spots such as neck and back.
The way we sit is closely related to the choice of the chair, so when you pick it you will have to pay attention to the features of the different models.


The criteria for choosing it will be different, especially based on its use. You may prefer a normal office chair, looking more at aesthetics than comfort, when it comes to chairs for visitors, guests, or if you are doing a job where you have to be sitting for a few hours. Differently, for office workers, employees, or executives who are used to be spending a long time in front of the computer, it will be better to choose an ergonomic office chair that has the ability to perfectly adapt to their physical structure, ensuring a correct posture and not subjecting their back and limbs to unnatural movements and positions.


A good ergonomic chair must have an adjustable height, operated by a pneumatic adjustment lever, usually 40 to 55 cm from the ground. The measures will then be adaptable to your height and to the desk surface height, this feature will allow you to keep thighs and arms parallel to the surface and to the floor, with both feet on the ground.


The backrest should be fully adjustable to naturally support the spine curve and accompany its natural movements, avoiding curvature. The same thing applies to the armrests, which will have to be adapted to the arms, helping the rest of the limbs and shoulders. Finally, the material the chair is made of will have to combine convenience and practicality, and as far as the structure is concerned, a chair with castors would be preferable to facilitate movement.

If you spend many hours sitting in the office, in addition to choosing the right chair to increase your well-being, you can put in practice some advice to ward off neck, back, and limb pain by taking a proper posture.

  1. Maintain a position with the right spine as much as possible. Sitting many hours in the chair makes you tend to take wrong postures. To help you, you can place a cushion behind the lumbar region to keep your position more natural.
  2. Keep your shoulders as relaxed as possible without contracting the neck, in order to avoid cervical tract pain.
  3. Get up often and move, to lift the joints and restore oxygenation to the body. Experts recommend to frequently take short breaks from work, even to continue doing your job with lucidity, avoiding accumulation of fatigue and stress