The Key Elements of an Ergonomic Chair


So many people today suffer from the common symptoms of back pain, neck pain, fatigue and other similar ailments. These are symptoms that can be caused by a variety of different illnesses and diseases, but for many people, the culprit may actually be the chair that you sit in at work. Many chairs are designed to look professional in an office and give you a place to sit while you work at your desk. However, an ergonomic chair is designed specifically with your comfort in mind. So what exactly is this type of chair?

Adjustable Height

An ergonomic chair is one that allows you to get into the ideal position for you. Because each person is a different height and because desks have different heights as well, there is not one standard height that is ideal for each person. Plus, some desks have a keyboard tray placed underneath the desk and others will have the keyboard placed higher up. For those who type often during the day, it is ideal for comfort and to minimize neck and shoulder pain for the arms to lie naturally at your side while you type. Because of this, the adjustable height feature is critical.

Back Support

One of the biggest complaints that people who sit at a desk throughout the day have is back pain. An ergonomic chair generally offers the ideal level of back support. For some chairs, this may come in the form of an adjustable lumbar support. In other chairs, superior back support may be provided with a flexible yet firm, ideally curved chair back. This will not be entirely firm but will allow the chair to conform slightly to your back while also providing support, too.

Neck Support

Neck support is not a feature that you will find in every ergonomic chair, but if you suffer from neck pain regularly, you will want to make an effort to find a chair with this feature. Some chairs have a lower back that generally will rise only to the middle of your back or possibly your shoulders. Others have a full neck rest feature that is adjustable in design. Whether you choose this feature in your own chair is a matter of preference, but many people who suffer fatigued muscles in the neck do prefer to have this additional feature so the neck can be supported and rested throughout the day when needed.

Arm Rests

An ergonomic chair will have arm rests, and these largely will be adjustable in height. They are lower in design so that the arms can rest in a natural position without causing the shoulders to bind up or be raised higher than a purely natural position. The ideal goal of this type of chair is to offer support and comfort, but also to allow the body to remain in an entirely natural position throughout the day while you work. This generally means that several of the features need to be adjustable to conform to your body. When you find the right chair for your needs and comfort, you will experience significant improvement in your back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, and level of fatigue, too.

Source by Rob D. Schumann