Ergonomic Office Furniture Problems
If you spend a lot of time at your office desk, you’re probably familiar with the pain and stiffness that comes with sitting for hours in the same spot. When we think of on-the-job stress, desk jobs might not be the first career paths that come to mind, but sitting for hours can cause physical pains that you will definitely feel over time. Ergonomic office furniture works with the human body to combat these symptoms of physical stress while providing a significantly more comfortable work experience.
Taking care of your body is important, no matter what job you do. When you upgrade your office furniture to more ergonomic and user-friendly designs, your body will thank you with less aches and pains and more productive time spent at the office.
Physical Benefits of Ergonomic Furniture
- Improved Posture
Fixating on one’s own posture might seem like focusing on something small or inconsequential. In reality, this couldn’t be any further from the truth. Improper posture causes short and long-term health problems, up to and including:
- Muscle pain and stiffness
- Digestive problems
- Changing of the spine’s curve
- Cardiovascular problems
- Varicose veins
An ergonomic chair that better supports your posture will alleviate you of these concerns in both the short-term and long-term. A chair that’s designed with the human body in mind and can be adjusted for optimal comfort will make your back feel better and even improve the overall performance of your body.
- Optimum Comfort
Sometimes, sitting at a desk all day is anything but comfortable. However, a more user-friendly chair that can be adjusted to meet your unique needs will make your day feel notably more comfortable. Standard chairs aren’t crafted with the specific needs of its user in mind, but most bodies don’t fit this one-size-fits-all approach.
- Reduces Pressure on the Hips, Back and Neck
Spending six or more hours in a standard office chair each and every workday causes havoc on your body, particularly the parts of it that are most effected by poor posture. Unlike your typical office chair, the ergonomic alternative offers:
- A greater seat depth that makes sitting more comfortable and cradles the user’s hips
- A headrest that supports both the head and the neck
- High enough chair backs to cover and provide support to the entire back
But, what about the problems associated with buying ergonomic office chairs – and ergonomic furniture in general?
Ergonomic Office Furniture Problems – Chairs
Non-Use / Incorrect Use / Isolated Use
You probably spend a lot of time reading reviews and researching to find the best ergonomic products before making a purchase. You rearrange your workspace and visualize how much better you will feel when you finally get that new ergonomic chair. Unfortunately, the reality is often quite different. You’ve bought the top rated chair you could find. It finally arrives and you place it in a corner until you have time to set it up. You have the best intentions, but you never quite get around to setting it up. In fact, the box is sitting next to that new standing desk that you still haven’t taken out of the box. The result is that you have a great quality, highly rated ergonomic chair that you’re not using. If you don’t use it, you won’t get the benefits of improved posture and efficiency while working.
The second reason for not getting results is the incorrect use of products. After a couple of weeks of intense research, you bought a new ergonomic chair that will complete your perfect workstation. The chair was delivered and you’ve finally found the time to assemble it.
As you remove everything from the box and verify that nothing is missing, you begin to read the instructions manual. It goes into great detail about the assembly, setup, and proper use of the chair. It’s a little overwhelming and complicated, but you press on because you “should be able to figure it out.” This can lead to disastrous consequences; perhaps you left out one very important little screw, which will send the poor person destined to use that chair into a flat fall-out if the chair somehow collapses.
Let’s say that you’ve overcome the obstacles of assembling and adjusting your new chair. It fits perfectly under the desk while supporting your low back and it’s more comfortable than a new Mercedes. Everything has come together and you’ve created the perfect ergonomic workstation. This should surely improve your posture, right?
As you begin using your new workstation with the perfect chair, you start to feel your back muscles getting stiff after sitting for a couple of hours. The project you’re working on needs to be completed today, so you continue working for another two hours. By the time you complete the project, your back is stiff and sore causing some difficulty when you try to stand.
What’s going on? You just got this amazing ergonomic workstation to prevent this exact situation. Why isn’t it working? The problem is that there are other components to improving posture and body mechanics. You can’t assume that using these ergonomic products alone will solve the problem and eliminate strain on your body.
You may have other factors such as limited back or hip joint flexibility that restricts your ability to achieve a proper sitting position. Your hamstrings, hip flexors, and low back extensor muscles may be chronically tight causing pain with prolonged sitting. Poor muscular endurance in your trunk might prevent you maintaining a neutral spinal posture for more than a few minutes.