Is Your Office Furniture Ergonomic?

Office Furniture

If you are experiencing back, neck or shoulder pain, your office furniture might be to blame. If it is not ergonomic, there is a good chance that it is putting unnecessary strain on your body. The main benefit of ergonomic office furniture is the fact that it encourages you to adopt a healthy posture, thus reducing this strain on your body. Ergonomic office chairs tend to have a curved back for this reason. In a nutshell, they are all about comfort, and that has got to be good for productivity!

The downside of ergonomic furniture is usually the cost. The better items are not cheap, but if you can afford it, they are worth the investment. As a general rule of thumb, it is a good idea to choose the most expensive item that you can afford, as it will be better quality. However, this is not always the case, so make sure to use common sense and look in many different stores both online and offline to find the office furniture that is right for you at a price that you can afford.

Office Safety

Office chairs

Office chairs should offer good back support and should not force you to hunch over when you learn forwards. The best options are adjustable, so that you can change the height.

Kneeling chairs

These are good for encouraging better posture and greatly reduce lower back strain. They might look a bit strange, but they are actually very comfortable for sitting in for fairly short periods.

Kneeling Chair

Lumbar supports

These cushions give added back support. Some types are made from memory foam, which moulds itself to the shape of your back thus improving comfort.

As it is your health that is the main focus, do not be tempted to buy the cheapest option and assume that it will do the same job as the more expensive items. This is usually not the case. If you take the time to shop around, it is likely that you will find this.

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Paul Tomaszewski is a science & tech writer as well as a programmer and entrepreneur. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of CosmoBC. He has a degree in computer science from John Abbott College, a bachelor's degree in technology from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, and completed some business and economics classes at Concordia University in Montreal. While in college he was the vice-president of the Astronomy Club. In his spare time he is an amateur astronomer and enjoys reading or watching science-fiction. You can follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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