Disadvantages of Ergonomic Office Chairs – Could The Best Be Doing Bad?

Disadvantages of Ergonomic Office Chairs – Could The Best Be Doing Bad?

Ergonomics; a word seldom heard when our parents entered the working world, is now a common term know by anyone who appreciates chair that promotes quality seating, healthy posture and supports all structures in our bodies on a daily basis.

Fart too often, when a “new item” launches, we focus mainly on the advantages of it – and overlook the disadvantages. When it comes to ergonomic office chairs – we’re left wondering if there could possible even be a disadvantage to it – considering the outrageously large amount of advantages it carries. We sift through every possible disadvantage an ergonomic office chair may carry:

Ergonomic Office Chair Disadvantages

Employees have vastly different body shapes, and support requirements. A feature of the ergonomic chair is the adjustable lumbar support and height-adjustable arm rests might bode excellently for one person, but might cause more damage to another. This happens when using ergonomic chairs that are only semi-adjustable; if the arm rests only adjust height-wise and do not allow for extra width, larger-set employees might not benefit at all from this type of chair. Also, a 2m tall employee may not reap any benefits of an ergonomic chair, and neither will his 1.4m tall colleague. Even employees with chiropractic issues will sometimes require additional support when using an ergonomic chair.

When buying an ergonomic chair – be sure you are not “taken for a ride”. Somehow, manufacturers and suppliers find it acceptable to label a chair as “ergonomic” – but when inspected closer, they bear zero resemblance and hold zero features of an actual ergonomic chair. Here’s what to look for when shopping for a proper ergonomic office chair.

If you are already making us of an ergonomic chair, see if you are pressed too close to the desk when seated. The chair may be placing unnecessary stress on our bodies if this is the case.

Sadly, if we are not educated as to how ergonomics work and the extra input needed by you (i.e., – still taking regular stretch breaks etc.) – we think we are safe to be seated in one chair for 8 hours straight.

Ergonomic chairs only allow us restricted movement, causing strain on our muscles and actually the chair never solves the problems of prolonged sitting.

It’s quite clear to see that the disadvantages of ergonomic office chairs are typically based on personal behaviour and usage; if the user does not follow health guidelines to improve posture and alleviate prolonged-sitting-related issues, they are guaranteed to encounter issues using any chair.

Following the good practice guidelines listed below, we can alleviate all disadvantages of ergonomic office chairs without much of a struggle:

  • Ensure you get up and stretch every hour.
  • Have your chair setup done properly – by professionals if possible. They should adjust seat height, arm rest height, back and neck support and of course mobility.
  • Ensure you chair is close enough to your desk, but far enough away to allow for some movement.


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