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Office Chair Seating Posture

The industrial and tech revolution have drastically changed man’s life. Today many people do much of their work sitting down. For most people working in an office, sitting occupies much of your day. In fact many of us do spend a lot of our time sitting down whether at home or at work. Life as it is today involves a lot of sitting with just a few moments standing or walking.

However sitting for a long time whether in the office or at home can be detrimental to your back; it can cause pain in your lower back and if you might have had a previous problem with your back, it may worsen the situation. The static posture that one keeps for that long time tends to increase stress on the shoulders, arms, legs and the back.

For one to prevent pain or damage to their body it is important to maintain a good posture. Unfortunately many people after sitting for a long time tend to slouch down or over the chair. This is very dangerous and can cause extensive strain to the spine and overstretch back muscles. It is thus important for one to maintain a good sitting posture whenever you are sat down. Here are a few guidelines to help you put your body in order when sitting down.

Choose the right chair
The chair that you sit on determines how you will set your body. It is thus important to have the right chair so as to ensure that your back and more specifically your spine does not go through any unnecessary stress. Ergonomics, the study of how one fits in their work environment has led to the development of ergonomic chairs. An ergonomic chair is specifically designed to ensure that your body is well placed and is well supported to ensure that you do not slouch down or slouch over while you are working or even at home. If you are committed to maintaining a good seating posture then do consider going the extra mile of choosing the chair you sit on carefully; choose an ergonomic chair.

Some alternatives to the traditional office chair are the Swiss exercise ball or the Swedish kneeling chair and draughtsman chairs. These chairs are designed to maximize movement while sitting, an important factor to ensure that your back muscles are not strained by continuous sitting.

Support the back
As stated earlier much of the strain that comes from sitting for a long time goes to the back. It is thus recommended that while sitting, you provide as much support as you can for your back. You should adjust your chair to ensure that your lower back is sufficiently supported so as to reduce the strain on the back. You should also get an adjustable chair so that you can easily change back position, height and tilt for maximum comfort.

Arm and Elbow positioning
As you adjust your chair make sure that the arms are parallel to your spine. Put the desk as close to you as you can. The forearms and the wrist should be parallel to the floor such that the arms form an L-shape with the elbow being at a 90-degreess angle. The keyboard should be placed in front of you leaving a gap of about 4-6 inches between the keyboard and the edge of the desk so as to provide a space for you to rest your wrists between bouts of typing.Office Chair Posture

 

 

 


Eye level

The computer monitor should be placed just right in front of you so that your gaze be aimed at the center of the screen. Any deviation from the center will cause you to slouch and also increase the strain on your upper spine.

Thigh and Calf measure
You should be able to slide your fingers under the space between your thigh and the edge of the office chair. If you can’t, then you need to raise your feet using an adjustable foot rest. You should also be able to fit your clenched fist between your calf and the front of your chair. If your fist does not fit then you need to adjust the back rest by pushing it forward.

Feet rested on the floor
Finally, your feet should be rested on the floor, flat. This helps with posture, if they aren’t, you can use a footrest that can raise your feet to a comfortable level for you. Also be careful not to cross your legs as this can lead to posture related problems.

There are other many documented ways to achieve a good seating posture but no matter the method, everyone should follow through so as to avoid future back problems.

 

Juno Draughtsman Chairs

Relax Office Furniture’s Juno range of draughtsman chairs are high quality chairs at very competitive prices.  The Juno range was developed by Relax Office and are made to order incoroporating a range of options and fabrics according to customer’s specifications.

Juno High Back Draughtsman Chair

Juno High Back Draughtsman Chair

A range of chair variations are available in the Juno draughtsman chair range, all with additional options available.  Our most popular draughtsman chair is the Juno fabric high back.  As standard they are supplied with a 2 lever mechanism which gives seat height adjustment and back angle adjustment allowing the back to be locked into any position.  The back height is also adjustable using the hand wheel located at the back of the seat.

The seat and back foam is a moulded combustion modified foam and meets BS7176 Crib 5 fire retardancy.  Along with the Mainline or Omega Plus fabric we offer with this chair, both also meet Crib 5 fire retardancy, the Juno range is suitable for use in offices, public places, government departments, educational establishments, hospitals and the home.  Other fabric ranges are also available from Camira, Bradbury or Cheiftain which cover pretty much every fabric colour you could think of.  You could even match your company colours and run the theme throughout your offices, factory or lab areas.

Juno Chrome High Back Draughtsman Chair

Juno Chrome High Back Draughtsman Chair

The Juno range is also available with a chrome base and gas strut.  Often more desirable if used in reception areas which creates a nice quality look and feel for first impressions.

Various options are available including adjustable arms, soft edge castors (for use on tiles or hard floors), brake loaded castors (which lock when weight is applied to the chair), seat tilt, seat slide and a pump up lumbar support.  The Juno range is made to order and then despatched on a next day courier delivery.

The Juno Draughtsman chair range is also available upholstered in a wipe clean vinyl and all as either a high or medium back chair.

The Juno range is supplied with a 5 year guarantee for piece of mind.