Posture is simply defined as the position in which one holds their body upright against gravity while lying down, sitting or standing. It is advisable to maintain good posture even if you have to sit for extended periods of time for the many health benefits that come with it, along with the potential of avoiding a wide range of back and spinal problems.
Proper posture comes with the following benefits:
- Contributes to a good appearance
- Prevents muscular pain and backaches
- Prevents overuse problems or strain
- Prevents fatigue because muscles are used more efficiently
- Prevents the spine from becoming fixed in abnormal positions
- Reduces stress on spinal ligaments
- Decreases abnormal joint wear
- Keeps joints and bones in a correct alignment for efficient use of muscles
Below are some of the ways in which you can maintain good posture by using ergonomic chairs:
Ease of Motion
Make sure the chair has armrests with variable adjustments and has wheels or casters that move freely and rotate. All these features help to ensure ease of motion. You should also be able to get in and out of the chair frequently as this helps with avoiding being sedentary throughout the day.
Natural Curve of Spine
Maintaining the natural curve of your spine will allow you to avoid many serious health conditions. Fine tune your position for your own needs by ensuring the back supports on any ergonomic chair that you purchase are adjustable. Take note that a well-designed backrest will have a headrest to support the head and lumbar support to help support the lower curve, such as what you’ll find on the ErgoChair 2. Ensure that your ergonomic chair can support the natural curve of the spine so that you can maintain good posture for as much of the work day as possible.
The shoulder and neck muscles can relax when the shoulders are back and down and the head is aligned. Consider adjusting your armrest in an outward position when using a computer mouse, and inward when performing tasks close to the body. In addition, you can lower muscle fatigue by ensuring your arms rest comfortably on the armrests. Ideal armrests in your ergonomic chair are mobile and adjustable on three axes, as they are on the ErgoChair 2.
Maintain a Neutral Pelvis Position While Sitting
The best ergonomic office chairs often come with features that allow you to maintain a neutral pelvic position, including tilt position adjustment. Adjust your chair to ensure that the pelvis is in a neutral position to reduce strain on the spine. Abdominal exercises, hamstring stretches, and other exercises are helpful for correcting your pelvic position while sitting.
Balance your head on top of the shoulders while sitting and ensure that it’s in a neutral position, not craned forward, which can result in a forward head carriage position that is difficult to correct. Hips, shoulders and ears should be aligned. Ensure that your feet are comfortably placed on the floor and that the computer monitor is at eye level.
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