Ergonomic vs. Non-Ergonomic Chairs

Ergonomic vs. Non-Ergonomic Chairs

Firstly, what is an ergonomic chair?

An ergonomic chair is intended for everyone. These are the chairs with all your premium adjustments and attachments, aimed to be perfect for all your sitting needs. They are designed specifically for efficiency, comfort, and appearance in the working environment and are your top-of-the-range choice in terms of beneficial seating. 

But how much do they actually vary from normal, everyday chairs?


With ergonomic chairs, the more time you spend sitting in them the more suitable and ideal they become for you. They adapt to suit your body’s weight and height and the way you sit in your chair. 

Whereas with a normal chair, you will have to manually adjust and adapt your chair to suit your preferences and this will often leave you in an unhealthy sitting position (considering the number of hours you are seated.).

Seat height:

Ergonomic chairs are able to adjust in terms of height in order to accommodate for your taller or shorter people. They can be adjusted up to 20 inches making height a non-issue. 

Non-Ergonomic chairs are non-adjustable and stay in a fixed position. This means you cannot customize the height on your chair. This limits consumers in terms of comfort and causes many back problems after a prolonged amount of time.


Sitting puts extreme pressure on one’s lumbar vertebrae which can put one at risk of Spondylolisthesis, facet joint hypertrophy, spinal arthritis, and spinal instability. 

Both ergonomic and non-ergonomic chairs have lumbar support, that’s a given. 

However, on a non-ergonomic chair, the lumbar support is not adjustable and stays in a fixed position. This results in people who are above or below average height sitting uncomfortably without the necessary lumbar support at all, putting them at a higher risk of bodily issues in the future. 

With an ergonomic chair, the lumbar support is adjustable and therefore you can fit and place it to your exact requirements, providing optimal support for your spine during your working day. 


Non-ergonomic chairs will, of course, have padding. However, the padding is often cheaper and is not suitable for prolonged sitting. This padding provides cushioning for your back but it does not provide the required support and stability that your back constantly needs. 

Ergonomic chairs have a perfect firm-to-soft ratio and this allows for comfort AND optimal back support. This benefits your health, as well as improves your productivity as you find yourself well-seated, comfortable and content enough to work throughout the day. 

Additionally, ergonomic chairs are commonly covered in quality leather or cloth adding a feel of durability, style, and comfort to your chair. 

To conclude, when it comes to sitting, you need a chair that is going to do the most for you in terms of health, comfort, and appearance. 

Ergonomic chairs are designed exactly for that by offering various adjustments, additional padding, and quality materials all in one chair.

How to Buy The Best Ergonomic Office Furniture for 2019

How to Buy The Best Ergonomic Office Furniture for 2019

“Whether you’re moving into a new office space or redecorating your old one, choosing the right ergonomic office furniture is never easy. Although the process may seem overwhelming with the myriad of options and styles out there, with our ultimate guide choosing the best ergonomic office furniture has never been easier. The next time you’re thinking about going ergonomic furniture shopping use these tips to easily choose the best furniture for your needs.

Use Ergonomic Office Furniture As Preventive Care

Most people start thinking about switching to ergonomic office furniture when they are experiencing pain in the back, neck, shoulders or wrists. The fact is that when you’re already experiencing pain, it’s often too late—reversing the damage that’s already been done by unsupportive office furniture can be difficult. Ergonomic office furniture can certainly help to relieve these aches and pains acquired from years of bad posture, but why not prevent these injuries from ever happening? You should be thinking about buying ergonomic office furniture for you and your employees before you experience pain, so you never have to!

It’s All In The Lumbar Support

One of the most popular ergonomic office furniture items is the ergonomic office chair. This is because office chairs are notorious for causing bad posture and back pain. When buying an ergonomic office chair, the most important thing you should be looking for is support. A great ergonomic office chair has excellent lumbar support to protect your lower back from injuries, quality head and neck support to maintain a good posture, and support for your legs to keep your knees in top shape. With a great ergonomic office chair, you’ll be able to work comfortably and be more productive than ever.

Try Before You Buy Ergonomic Office Furniture

Much like you wouldn’t dare buy a new pair of shoes without trying them on and taking them for a walk around the store, the same should apply when buying ergonomic office furniture. Never rely on pictures and online descriptions when choosing ergonomic office furniture. It’s best to go into the store before you make your purchase, sit on some chairs, and test out some desks to figure out what style is the most comfortable for you.

Don’t Go For The Bargain Option

While you may think you have found a great deal on cheap, bargain ergonomic office furniture that doesn’t mean you should necessarily buy it. Cheap office furniture is often made with poorer quality materials and can fall apart easily. Unless you’re looking to buy entirely new office furniture within a couple of years, it’s best to stay away from cheap materials like plywood and flimsy plastic. Instead, stick with quality-built pieces from reputable brands. They may cost you a little more upfront, but you’ll be saving money and hassle in the long run.”

Want to read more on ergonomic furniture? These articles will provide you with some more insight.

Workplace Ergonomics – How to Make Your Workspace Work for You

Affordable Ergonomic Chair Suppliers South Africa – Ixaxa Catalogue

Top Five Tips for Reducing Back Pain, Improving Posture and Ergonomics

The History and the Future of Office Ergonomics

For professional advice on ergonomic office furniture, contact us today!

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Affordable Ergonomic Chair Suppliers South Africa – Ixaxa Catalogue

Affordable Ergonomic Chair Suppliers South Africa – Ixaxa Catalogue

Ergonomics in the workplace of the utmost importance. If you look at where you spend most of your time and your money, choosing the right chair for your office needs, makes a remarkable difference.

You would typically spend 2 hours in the car, 4 hours at home on the couch perhaps and 8 hours at the office. This excludes your standard 8 hours sleeping of course.

Ixaxa offers a wide range of Ergonomic Chairs. We discuss the specifications of each.


The Apollo Chair

Affordable Ergonomic Chair Suppliers South Africa Apollo

Apollo Ergonomic Chair

The Apollo Chair has the following characteristics:

Available in three variants: Swivel Tilt Chair with Headrest – also called the High-back chair; Swivel Tilt Chair – also called the Mid-back chair; Apollo Visitor Chair

Two types of back upholstery: Fabric and Mesh

Two shell colours: White and Black

One arm frame colour: Grey

Two types of mechanisms: Advanced Knee-tilt and Spring-head

Three types of bases: Five-star diecast aluminium alloy; Five-star moulded polypropylene; Cantilever CNC bent steel tubing


Additional characteristics:

  • Headrest/Backrest – White or Black outer shell of moulded polypropylene (100% recyclable)
  • Fabric Surfaces – Upholstered over polyurethane foam (recyclable into carpet padding, wadding, etc.)
  • Mesh Surfaces – 100% polyester high tensile mesh
  • Arm frame – grey coloured moulded polypropylene (100% recyclable)
  • Mechanism – Advanced swivel-tilt mechanism provides tilt tension control, multi-position tilt lock and pneumatic seat height control
    • Basic swivel-tilt employs a Spring-Head mechanism with 2 position tilt lock and pneumatic seat height control
    • Base – standard studio base of moulded black polypropylene (100% recyclable)
    • Optional five-star stiletto base of diecast aluminium alloy (100% recyclable) in epoxy powder coating or polished finish
    • Cantilever base of welded 27mm diameter tubular steel, finished in silver epoxy powder coating
  • Safety and Durability – Apollo is designed and certified to BIFMA XS.1:2011 standards for durability and safety.


Falcon Chair

Affordable Ergonomic Chair Suppliers South Africa Falcon Chair

Falcon High Back Chair

  • Synchro Mechanism with 5 Position Lock
  • Gas Height Adjuster
  • 5* Black Nylon Spider Base
  • Adjustable Seat (back and forth)
  • Adjustable Lumber Support and Headrest Adjustable
  • PU Arm Rests. Non-Woven Mesh Back and Black Woven Mesh Seat
  • 5-year Warranty


Lumbar Pro Chair – TC LP

Affordable Ergonomic Chair Suppliers South Africa Lumbar Pro Chair

Lumbar Pro Chair

The Lumbar Pro has an ergonomically designed back rest with adjustable lumbar support and a permanent contact back rest.  The chair is endorsed by the South African Society of Physiotherapy and offer superior all-day seating comfort.


Spinelly Chair – MF SPINELLY

Affordable Ergonomic Chair Suppliers South Africa Spinelly Chair

Spinelly Chair

The Spinelly’s aim is to create a back that moves with you. Spinelly’s flexible back allows for active seating. This is achieved through a unique rib design in conjunction with an elastomer spine system. The chair is also equipped with a weight sensing mechanism which adjusts the recline resistance automatically according to the user’s weight.


WAU Chair

Affordable Ergonomic Chair Suppliers South Africa WAU Chair

                              WAU Chair

Features and Specifications:

  • Recline-glide motion mechanism, with adjustable
  • Padded armrest, soft touch arm pad
  • Multi tilt locking mechanism, tilt tension control
  • Seat & wider backrest (19.5″)/head rest: mesh (charcoal Colour)
  • Black aluminium base with castor wheels
  • Adjustable back rest and head rest
  • Head rest – White or black outer shell and grey inner shell of moulded polypropylene (100% recyclable)
  • Back rest – White or black outer shell, grey inner shell, lumbar knob and caps of polypropylene (100% recyclable)
  • Back frame – in white/black fibre-reinforced polypropylene (100% recyclable)
  • Surfaces – Fabric Leather: Upholstered over polyurethane foam (recyclable into carpet padding, wadding etc.)
    • Mesh Surfaces: 76% elastomer/24% polyester high tensile mesh
    • Elastomer surfaces: Coloured SEBs – type thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) over moulding (100% recyclable with PP into flexible, impact-resistant PP products)
  • Mechanism – Main structure and backbone of die cast aluminium alloy 100% recyclable. Covers in grey moulded polypropylene (100% recyclable). Levers and Knob of moulded polyamide (nylon). Internal hardware of steel.
  • Durability and Safety – Designed to BIFMA XS. 1:2011 standards for durability and safety
  • Environmental – WAU 2 can be easily disassembled for recycling: Recyclable content is up to 63%
  • Armrest: Adjustable for height and swivel angle – Arm pad of integral PU foam in standard grey colour, moulded over a PP shell, Armrest upright parts in fibre reinforced polypropylene. (100% recyclable)
  • Seat: Adjustable for Height – White or black outer shell and grey inner shell of moulded polypropylene (100% recyclable)
  • Base – Five-prong base of die cast alum in um alloy (100% recyclable) in epoxy powder-coating or polished finish. 60mm dual-wheel castors of moulded polyamide


To get in touch with us, or to find out more about our affordable ergonomic chairs  – click here!


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Affordable Ergonomic Chair Reviews South Africa – Apollo Chair vs Apollo Visitor Chair

Affordable Ergonomic Chair Reviews South Africa – Apollo Chair vs Apollo Visitor Chair

The first question we might ask ourselves may be, what is an Ergonomic Office Chair?

General ergonomic office chairs are designed to create a relaxing and comfortable working environment, general office chairs encourage optimum concentration and productivity. A happy medium between operator and executive, they’re often favoured by those in management positions and prove brilliant all-rounders, ideal for meetings and interviews as well as desk work.

At an affordable price, they provide all the features of operator models, plus some added extras. With denser padding and higher backrests, you’re able to sit comfortably for extended lengths of time, as seen in the Munster. What’s more, there are armrests for increased support, as well as a tilting mechanism in the seat that can be locked into place for an upright or reclined working position. Whilst some are upholstered in fabric, faux leather is proving increasingly popular due to the wealth of colours it facilitates.

The next question will be, what features should an ergonomic chair have? It requires the following: Lumbar support; High-quality, durable material; Mobility (wheels); Height-adjustable arm rest; Neck rest; Adjustable height and Adjustable back rest.


Apollo Ergonomic Chair South Africa

Key Features: Lumbar support; High-quality, durable material; Mobility (wheels); Neck rest; Adjustable height and Static back rest.

Do you spend most of your day working at your desk? Is your office chair providing you with the support it should be?

The Apollo Ergonomic Chairs have the following key features:

    • Headrest/Backrest is made from 100% recyclable moulded polypropylene.
    • Armrests: the recommended arm position to reduce strain is to keep your upper arms close to vertical and your forearms close to the horizontal plane. So buy a chair with armrests and vow to use them.
    • Fabric and mesh surfaces.
    • An advanced swivel-tilt mechanism and adjustable height pneumatic seat height control: you want to be able to keep your feet flat on the floor with thighs horizontal and arms even with the height of the desk.
    • Optional five-star stiletto base of diecast aluminium alloy.
    • Designed and certified to BIFMA X5.1: 2011 standards for safety and durability.
  • Available in Black and Grey and 100% Recyclable.
  • Proper Wheels that navigate perfectly on the tiles.
  • 5 Year warranty


Apollo Visitor Ergonomic Chair South Africa

You invest so much in ensuring your client’s feel valued by your company, are you showing this in the comfort you provide to them when they visit your offices?

Seating is so often overlooked in creating a good impression with your clients.  Your client’s comfort during their meeting with you may very well have a lasting impact on how they experience your company and the decisions they make.

Make a great impression, offer them the extreme comfort of the Apollo Visitor Chair range.

They’re also eco-friendly, and clients love it when you’re eco-friendly…

The Apollo Visitor Chair has the following key features:

  • Eco-Friendly, 100% recyclable
  • 5 Year Warranty
  • Available in Grey & Black
  • Availability – Immediately – Exclusive to Ixaxa


To get in touch with us, or to find out more about the Apollo Chair Range  – click here!


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Ergonomic Chair Accessories – Make The Best Even Better

Ergonomic Chair Accessories – Make The Best Even Better

Poor posture is easy to correct with the right chair accessories. The benefits from a simple adjustment can be huge, from banishing pains and preventing injury, to helping boost concentration. Browse our range of high quality, ergonomic lumbar rolls, chair mats, wedges and back supports to find the perfect solution for you.

Ergonomic Chair Accessories – Types and Benefits

  • Memory foam back cushions are the ideal back support in your office task chair or car seat. The memory foam pad provides comfort and pressure relief when you are required to sit for long periods of time. This is especially helpful for individuals with sensitive pressure points. It can enhance office chairs that provide little to no lumbar support. This combination of features can help to alleviate or prevent the onset of lower back pain, stiffness and general discomfort during extended sitting.Memory foam back cushions may be helpful to those with the following conditions:
  • Sensitive pressure points
  • Tendencies toward lower back pain and stiffness while seated
  • Fatigue, stress and tension due to improper body alignment
  • Discomfort when seated for extended periods
  • Meditation yoga seats support you in a relaxed, upright, alert posture to facilitate your full concentration. Luxurious memory foam eases pressure points so you can sit more comfortably for a longer meditation experience. A gentle forward seat slope helps keep your back straight and your head in balance.

Durable waterproof proof fabric and non-skid bottom for indoor and outdoor use. Try it for meditation, yoga, seminars, and stadium seating. Also fits in many office chairs and dining chairs.

  • Memory foam arm rest pads are the ideal solution for any chair with 15 – 30cm arms. Memory foam arms offer great support to your uncomfortable computer chair arms that cause strain, pain, or discomfort during long periods of use. The memory foam will contour to your elbows and forearms, providing total comfort and ergonomic support while reducing pressure in your elbows, neck, shoulders arms and back which lead to increased energy and productivityBenefits:
  • Contours to arms and elbows.
  • Helps to reduce pressure points.
  • Provides extra comfort and added support.
  • Helps increase circulation.
  • Helps maximize the benefits of ergonomic chairs and adjustable arms.
  • Form-fitting design gives a built-in look.
  • Proper adjustment reduces stress and repetitive motion injuries.
  • Memory foam upper back rest provides maximum back support provided by temperature and pressure sensitive foam that dissipates pressure while gently molding to your body shape. It is also super easy to adjust.



  • High-density memory foam provides maximum support to help relieve back discomfort.
  • Pressure-sensitive foam moulds to the body´s contours.
  • Unlike gels and foams, memory foam contains virtually no pressure points.
  • Easy-to-adjust straps fit almost any chair.
  • Removable and washable fabric cover stays cleaner longer.

Ergonomic Foot Rests help you improve blood flow while you sit your way to better productivity.

Comforting memory foam keeps your legs snug and secure while the base’s wheels casters make ergonomics more portable than ever. Supportive leg rests often feature a contoured cushion with a built-in canyon of space situated between its curves for an ideal spot to place your lower extremities for more comfort, one leg (or two) at a time.


  • Provides a soft resting surface that disperses pressure
  • Reinforced – offers added support.
  • Alleviates restless and sore legs.

For information on ergonomics for your office space, click here to get in touch with us today!


The History and the Future of Office Ergonomics

The History and the Future of Office Ergonomics

Those of us who work in an office are familiar with the toll that aches and pains of repetitive tasks and bad posture can take. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study ergonomics in the office.

The goal is to eliminate disorders, reduce stress, and decrease injuries that occur with repetition, overuse of muscles, and poor posture. The result is designing tasks, workspaces, controls, displays, tools, lighting, and equipment that conform to physical capabilities and limitations. In other words, NIOSH has our best interests in mind when it comes to being healthy in the workplace.

Where Did Office Ergonomics Start?

The term ergonomics originally comes from the Greek words ergon (work or labor) and nomos (natural laws). The fact that the word ergonomics was coined by a Polish scholar, Wojciech Jastrzębowski, in 1857 became widely known when his book in Polish was reprinted with English translation in 1997.

Ergonomics, as defined by the Board of Certification for Professional Ergonomists (BCPE), “is a body of knowledge about human abilities, human limitations and human characteristics that are relevant to design. Ergonomic design is the application of this body of knowledge to the design of tools, machines, systems, tasks, jobs, and environments for safe, comfortable and effective human use” (BCPE, 1993).

The following points are among the purpose/goals of ergonomics:

  • Occupational injury and illness reduction
  • Workers’ compensation costs containment
  • Productivity improvement
  • Work quality improvement
  • Absenteeism reduction
  • Government regulation compliance

The methods by which these goals are obtained involve:

  • Evaluation and control of work site risk factors
  • Identification and quantification of existing work site risk conditions
  • Recommendation of engineering and administrative controls to reduce the identified risk conditions
  • Education of management and workers to risk conditions

Where is the Future of Ergonomics Heading?

It’s in everyone’s best interest, both you and your employer, to apply ergonomics in the workplace, because poor working conditions result in physical aches and pains and have an adverse impact on your productivity. Some employers may even take the extra step to consult directly with a professional ergonomics specialist to analyse distinct working conditions and make recommendations. A partnership with the professionals, employers, and staff can help redesign the workplace to meet the needs of every employee.

Implementing an ergonomic plan doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavour. There are countless low-cost interventions for small and medium-sized companies without extensive resources to dedicate to employee health. For instance, awareness of your work environment is as essential as gaining control over your surroundings, such as adjusting lighting levels and obtaining user-friendly chairs. Control and information go a long way to decreasing stress levels. The end result is an enhanced return on investment for your health and your employer’s bottom line.


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Ergonomics During Pregnancy: What to Expect from your Chair When You’re Expecting

Ergonomics During Pregnancy: What to Expect from your Chair When You’re Expecting

When it comes to ergonomics, pregnant women require more attention than the average worker to account for conditions caused or exacerbated by pregnancy.

Most companies today have established ergonomics programs and strive to offer a comfortable, safe work environment for all employees. In doing so, they typically provide adjustable workstations that are flexible enough to accommodate the smallest to the largest workers, and in most cases, these workstations do the job — until a worker becomes pregnant.

Also complicating matters is the fact that a woman’s growing abdomen alters her centre of gravity, which inevitably increases her chances of falling. As a woman’s body becomes increasingly larger, progressive postural problems, backache are the result, along with the impairment of her dexterity, agility, coordination and balance.

To account for these changes, employers are encouraged to make an increased effort to account for the ergonomic needs of pregnant women. Seeing as each pregnancy is different, however, employers make sure to address each individual’s needs and circumstances and all aspects of the job when it comes to making workplace modifications.

Ergonomic Hazards for Expecting Employees

For any employee, sitting 8-10 hours a day behind a desk or in front of a computer screen can lead to back and neck injuries, stiff muscles and joints, poor circulation, worker’s fatigue, and more.

However, pregnant women face even more challenges, as pregnancy alters the shape of the body and the way women interact with their workspace. For example, a growing abdomen alone causes backaches, progressive posture problems, and reduced agility and coordination. Similarly, to accommodate the growing foetus, joints in the spine become less stable, while hormonal changes affect ligaments and increase the risk of injury.

As pregnancy progresses, women must lift items further away from their bodies, having to reach 15-20 inches to access their workstation. Since the growing foetus alters the centre of gravity, pregnant women are also more susceptible to falling. In addition to affecting balance, lifting tasks, and posture, studies suggest that there is a link between ergonomic stressors and unfavourable pregnancy results. Things to avoid are standing for long periods of time, working long hours, and repetitive lifting.

Pregnancy and Lower Back Pain

Expecting mothers often develop a curvature in the lower back (also known as an accentuated lumbar lordosis) due to weight gained in the lower abdomen. In fact, each pound a woman puts on during pregnancy can creative five extra pounds of pressure on the hips, knees, and lumbar spinal joints. Moreover, elevated hormone levels lead to increased ligament laxity, predisposing pregnant women to joint instability and an increased risk of strains and sprains.

Ergonomic Accommodations for Pregnant Workers

To accommodate pregnant women, both employers and expecting moms themselves are advised to take make ergonomic friendly workplace modifications. Here are some expert tips to ensure the safety and comfort of working women during pregnancy.

  1. Neutral posture brings daily comfort: elbows level with the keyboard so your shoulders are relaxed, feet flat and supported, avoid awkward postures
  2. Take frequent breaks from sitting, walking and stretching to increase circulation in your legs and feet, which are prone to swelling and possible blood clots during pregnancy
  3. Invest in an adjustable ergonomic office chair with excellent lumbar support and well cushioned seat to support growing body and possible sensitive tailbone, or add a thin lumbar pillow for extra support and comfort to existing chair
  4. For stable posture comfort, feet flat on floor or supported with a footrest. Use a footrest to reduce swelling and reduce pressure on the joints
  5. To accommodate your growing abdomen and the increasing curve in your spine, adjust the height of your monitor and desk
  6. Use a softer wrist rest with your keyboard to prevent the risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome caused by increased fluid in the joints during pregnancy
  7. Avoid heavy lifting and do not lift items directly from the ground

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Top Five Tips for Reducing Back Pain, Improving Posture and Ergonomics

Top Five Tips for Reducing Back Pain, Improving Posture and Ergonomics

Over time, poor posture may be caused by habits from everyday activities such as sitting in office chairs, staring at the computer, cradling a cell phone, carrying a purse over same shoulder, driving, prolonged standing, caring for small children, or even sleeping.

Poor posture can easily become second nature, causing and aggravating episodes of back and neck pain and damaging spinal structures. Fortunately, the main factors affecting posture and ergonomics are completely within one’s ability to control and are not difficult to change.

We outline several ways to improve posture and ergonomics, especially for people who work sitting in an office chair for most of the day.

  • Learn to Identify The Warning Signs Of Back Pain Caused By Poor Ergonomics And Posture

Back pain may be the result of poor ergonomics and posture if the back pain is worse at certain times of day or week (such as after a long day of sitting in an office chair in front of a computer, but not during the weekends); pain that starts in the neck and moves downwards into the upper back, lower back, and extremities; pain that goes away after switching positions; sudden back pain that is experienced with a new job, a new office chair, or a new car; and/or back pain that comes and goes for months.

  • Keep The Body In Alignment While Sitting In An Office Chair And While Standing

When standing, distribute body weight evenly to the front, back, and sides of the feet. While sitting in an office chair, take advantage of the chair’s features. Sit up straight and align the ears, shoulders, and hips in one vertical line. Any prolonged sitting position, even a good one, can be tiring. Shifting forward to the edge of the seat with a straight back can alternate with sitting back against the support of the office chair to ease the work of back muscles.

Some people benefit from a naturally balanced posture that is achieved by sitting on a balance ball; in this posture the pelvis is rocked gently forward increasing the lumbar curve which naturally shifts the shoulders back (similar to sitting on the edge of a chair seat).

Also be aware of and avoid unbalanced postures such as crossing legs unevenly while sitting, leaning to one side, hunching the shoulders forward, or tilting the head.

  • Move Around!

As muscles tire, slouching, slumping, and other poor postures become more likely; this in turn puts extra pressure on the neck and back. In order to maintain a relaxed yet supported posture, change positions frequently. One way is to take a break from sitting in an office chair every half hour for two minutes in order to stretch, stand, or walk.

  • Increase Awareness Of Posture And Ergonomics In Everyday Settings

Becoming aware of posture and ergonomics at work, at home, and at play is a vital step towards instilling good posture and ergonomic techniques. This includes making conscious connections between episodes of back pain and specific situations where poor posture or ergonomics may be the root cause of the pain.

  • Create ergonomic physical environments and workspaces, such as sitting in an office chair at a computer.

It does require a small investment of time to personalize the workspace, home, and car, but the payoff will be well worth it. Undue strain will be placed on the structures of the spine unless the office chair, desk, keyboard, and computer screen, etc. are correctly positioned.

It’s much easier and less time consuming to correct everyday ergonomics and minimize back or neck pain than to add doctor visits and corrective therapies for debilitating pain conditions.


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High Back vs Mid Back Computer Chair

High Back vs Mid Back Computer Chair

We use the office chairs every day at work, at home, in the study, the home office, maybe the library – the list goes on.

Office chairs are great because they not only provide comfort, but they also allow for more mobility. You need never get up ever again (until it’s home-time, at least). And not to mention moving the chair around is a great way to exercise your legs and core – and fun too! Some chairs can also rotate a full 360 degrees. You do know how much fun it is to spin around for hours in an office chair, right?

But not all office chairs are the same. They come in a variety of different styles, materials, build quality, and even colours – although the majority of these seem to be different shades of black or blue. The last thing you want to do is spend a lot of money on a chair that isn’t right for you.

Some factors to bear in mind if you’re currently debating between a high back and mid back computer chair includes:

  • A midback will not only have a larger backrest that will come up to about the shoulders or the neck at most, but might also have a wider base, and more sophisticated features in addition to height adjustment, like controlling whether the chair is in a fixed position or is free floating so you can recline a bit. You might also be able to control how far forward the chair’s backrest comes.
  • A highback will have all of the above but the backrest will be higher up and support the head and neck. The backrest may be in one piece or it may have a separate but connected headrest, similar in design to one of those old barber’s chairs from your youth.

Other factors to consider when choosing a high back or mid back chair include:

  • The material it’s made of – is it leather, imitation leather, or a fabric of some sort? Leather might seem nice but there are some things you might want to think about. Leather is generally easier to wipe down and clean, but you will sweat a lot in Summer months sitting in them; they don’t “breathe” very well. It can also be quite costly to repair leather if it tears.
  • Does it have arm rests? This is down to personal preference. Do you want arm rests or not? Armrests tend to give a chair a sense of “wholeness” or more stability. They say you shouldn’t rest your arms on the arm rests while typing at a keyboard, but we’re all probably guilty of this – the worst that can happen is you chafe your elbows – just wear a jersey or look out for a chair that has padded arm rests.
  • Does it have a spine or “backbone” of sorts? You’ll see chairs that have what looks like a corrugated plastic looking “spine”, that looks like something out of an alien movie, that goes up the back of the chair and connects the base/seat to the backrest of the chair. Some of them might have a bare metal one instead. Some have hidden or internal spines that go on the inside of the backrest of the chair. Others will have a visible or external spine that you can see on the outside going from the seat and connecting to the backrest of the chair.
  • Is there a feature that allows you to lock the chair in a forward position, and unlock the chair so that it is free to recline – likely underneath the seat?
  • Is there a height adjustment lever? This is usually found underneath the seat, connected to the base. Pushing down on it will lower the chair when you are seated. Pulling it up towards you when you are out of your chair will raise the chair.
  • Is there a feature which allows you to control how far forward the backrest of the seat is? It will either be a lever or a dial of some sort that when turned, the backrest of the chair comes forward, giving you proper back support.
  • Does it have a five point base? The chair should have a five point base, each with a caster on the end, usually protected by a guard of sorts. This base can appear to be a plastic-like material, but the very expensive chairs will have metal, instead. The casters should also be big enough so they can travel across floorboards and carpets easily. Casters that are going to catch on everything, or a base that isn’t stable enough – to the extent that you fall out of your chair, or worse the chair breaks – are no good.


High Back vs Mid Back Chair – In Conclusion

In review, here are the biggest decision criteria that go into choosing a mid-back vs high back chair.

  • Budget

Mid back office chairs tend to be cheaper than high back office chairs.

Is your budget less than R 1 500.00? Likely Best Choice: mid back.

Less than R2 500? Best Choice: Premium mid back to mid quality high back.

Less than R3 500.00? Best Choice:  You can get a high quality high back office chair in this range.

More than R3 500.00? Best Choice: You’ve got many options which also include fully ergonomic chairs.

  • Desk Space

How big of a space do I have?

Did I take the proper measurements?

Do I want a minimalist look? Or do I care if there’s an oversized office chair at this desk space?

  • Purpose of Chair

Prolonged periods of long-term sitting (gaming, computer-intensive jobs): High Back

Sporadic sitting of 1-2 hours at a time: Mid Back or High Back

Flex space, tight spots, conference area, meeting rooms: Mid back

  • Ergonomics

High back office chairs tend to have more ergonomic features and have two critical components mid back office chairs lack: a headrest and upper back support. However, there are plenty of mid back office chairs that offer the standard ergonomic features like lumbar support, adjustability and spinal posture support.

Ergonomics are critical purchasing criteria when it comes to office chairs. Make sure you know exactly which features you need – often times, ergonomic features coincide with the purpose of your office chair (above). The longer you sit, the better quality ergonomic features you’ll need.


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Benefits of Ergonomic Office Chairs with Adjustable Seat Depth

Benefits of Ergonomic Office Chairs with Adjustable Seat Depth

Have you been spending more than 8 hours at your desk and have started to get pain the back, shoulders and neck by the end of the day? Well, it might not be because you are not well but maybe because you are not using the right office chair. When you work in an office you are assured to spend more time sitting down in a chair. When you do so in the same position for so many hours, it results in excessive stress on your spine.

An ergonomic chair has a construction which different from a traditional chair. It is especially designed to provide ultimate rest to the vital structures of the body that will get stressed while working.

ANSI standards require a waterfall front on your chair seat to insure circulation to the legs. This is because the main blood supply runs down the back of your legs and should not be pinched by the front of the seat. Proper circulation reduces the chances of fatigue and circulatory problems in the legs and feet.

Adjustable Seat Depth

If your legs are long or short, a chair with an adjustable seat depth can provide proper leg support and ensure good circulation. To test if you have proper seat support, place three fingers between the back of the knee and the seat. If you don’t have the recommended space or if you have too much space then an adjustable seat depth is recommended.

When made correctly, the seat depth adjustment enables you to access support from the chair back without cutting off circulation at your knees.

Seat depth measurement is about how far forward your body is – an ideal seat depth is one that positions you with as much comfort and support as the chair can give. With the chair supporting you properly, your body does not need to work as hard to keep you upright.

So what are the key features of good seat depth?

  • Minimal Pressure At The Knees

If the seat pan, as it’s often called, is too far forward, it may put undue pressure at the backs of your knees. Try to position the seat so it ends a little higher up your thigh. Also when you purchase your chair, consider one with a “waterfall” design at the edge. With a waterfall design, the edge of the seat gradually curves down, which will likely help reduce or eliminate pressure on your legs.

  • Avoid or Reduce Low Back Muscle Tension

As I’ve mentioned, the seat depth adjustment helps you place yourself in the optimal forward-to-back relationship in your chair, and with your work.

  • Sitting too far forward

If you sit too far forward, this may encourage you to forgo the backrest.

Reasons people move forward on their chair include: To alleviate pressure on the backs of their knees or because they lack the height necessary to keep them close to their work when sitting all the way back.

Of course, general ignorance regarding the controls on your chair is likely to result in a haphazard ergonomic setup, and for all I know may cause you to move forward on your chair. (This is why I encourage people to learn the controls. Really, it’s not hard.)

So let’s say you are in the habit of sitting forward on your chair, and not using the back of your chair to support your posture. Your hip and back muscles may tighten, and over time you may develop an excessive lordosis, which is a postural misalignment in which your normal low back curve becomes accentuated. With excessive lordosis, you may develop even tighter back muscles or muscle spasm.

  • Sitting too far back

What if you sit too far back? In this case, the potential for the opposite spinal problem is there. This time it’s likely you’re using your backrest, and that’s good. But now, your pelvis may be tucked under (especially true if you don’t have a chair back at all) which may, over time, lead to a flat low back posture and/or disc herniation.

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