Ergonomic Tips

Ergonomic Tips

Back pain is almost as prevalent as the common cold, and it can be uncommonly painful. Not all of the solutions look 'conventional' and we like it thay way.

The ideal position for sitting at a desk is in an adjustable chair with your knees below your pelvis & with good lumbar support. Remember to take short breaks!

Carry heavy shopping equally balanced in both hands.

Ergonomic Tips

What is Back Pain?

It is not a disease but a sign that something is wrong. An ache in the back can be prevented as the cause is usually mechanical. Backache may be called many things. All these are popular general expressions: Back strain, muscle tear, sciatica, lumbago, arthritis, slipped disc etc.

There are many causes of back pain. These include poor posture, inadequate weak muscles sometimes caused by growing too fast; lifting and carrying incorrectly; an old sagging bed or straight horizontal chairs. The lower back, since it is very mobile, is the most common site of backache, which can result from a simple action as: yawning, coughing or sneezing, tying a shoe lace or pulling a sheet off a bed. Loss of movement occurs to a varying degree, with an increase in pain when you attempt to move. Strain on the low back can affect the normal mobility of the joints, even altering the curvature which puts an added strain on the joints, muscles, ligaments and discs. Ergonomics is the science that has evolved to reduce the friction between man and work. It is the study of the physical relationship between the worker and the work environment; for example,when seated to work the height of both work surface and chair should be comfortable with both feet resting on the floor.

The application of ergonomic principles will produce greater efficiency for the same amount of effort, and as a spin off will prevent back problems in the office, the factory or the home. In an ideal situation, furniture, fitments throughout the house and surfaces at work will be ergonomically designed to fit the individual's body and lifestyle, thereby preventing stress and strain on the back.

Back Care Hints

Good Posture is essential for preventing back pain. Select chairs and beds that provide good support for the spine and help to keep the 'S' shape.

The ideal position for sitting at a desk is in an adjustable chair with your knees below your pelvis & with good lumbar support. Remember to take short breaks!

When sitting at a desk your feet should be firmly on the floor & your chair as close to the desk as possible with the things you use most often within arms reach When using the mouse use your whole arm from the shoulder and not just your wrist Answer the phone with the left hand if you are right handed & vice versa. Do not tuck the handset under your chin. Computer screens should be at arms length & slightly below eye level Back pain may indicate a medical problem. Always seek medical advice first. Before starting a new exercise regime consult the doctor & always warm up before exercise.

Minor injuries respond well to alternate hot & cold packs on the affected area. Always drive with your arms bent to help prevent neck strain & stop frequently on long journeys. When lifting always bend your knees & keep your back straight. Balance is the secret of carrying everything from the baby to the shopping. Hold your baby in front of you& carry heavy shopping equally balanced in both hands.


Our best selling office chair -

  • The Sofi Mesh combines the comfort of a mesh backrest with the firm pelvis support of a foam seat - essential for maintaining healthy posture throughout a working day. 
  • Made with a free-flowing centre pivot tilt mechanism the Sofi Mesh allows easy low-level movement throughout your working day to reduce fatigue, increase muscle fitness, boost productivity - and its beautiful too.
HAG SoFi Mesh

High-Back Office Chair

The RH Logic 400 is the bigger brother of the RH Logic 300. It offers the same customisability and functionality, just bigger and better. Head over to the Logic 300 if you are below about 5ft 6in.

The RH Logic 400's design is inspired by the human form, and by two joints in particular - the knee and the hip and is excellent for people who need to be able to spend periods of the day resting and periods of the day active.

One of the best things about the fluid mechanism on the Logic 300/400 range is the minimal movement of the front of the seat when leaning backward - Your feet remain in contact with the floor, minimising pressure on the underside of your thigh.
This makes the Logic 300 / 400 our recommendation for those looking for easy circulation - minimising achey legs.
Additionally the backrest height remains constant regardless of the seat angle so the lumbar support is always in the correct position.

The Logic 400 has a high backrest with padding to provide support between the shoulders and pronounced support for the curve of the back to provide optimum sitting comfort. The backrest narrows towards the top to allow greater freedom of movement for the arms.

RH Logic 400

Perfect Poise and Balance

The original and the best (without breaking the bank)!

The Varier Variable Balans kneeling chair - with it's perfectly balanced curved wooden runners - triggers your balance reflex. This helps naturally stack the spine over the pelvis - meaning neck carriage also improves and shoulder stress can be dramatically reduced. Plus pulse rate and breathing are elevated, driving greater circulation and extra oxygenation.

Over time you will learn to vary the position of the chair to exactly match the task... writing, reading, thinking, while the shin pads prevent the hips from sliding forwards. We have thousands of clients who use kneeling chairs for all day office work.

Varier Variable Balans

Tell me about kneeling chairs.

We have supplied thousands of kneeling chairs since 1987. The best are fantastic BUT it's important to choose one that matches the length of time you will be using it per day.

Our store staff are able to offer great advice on-line, by telephone and by message.

They work immediately to improve posture, stimulate movement, and keep joints and muscles active while sitting. There are dozens of different makes and models of kneeling chair... so which one is right for you?

Read on for our handy guide:

Kneeling Chairs

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