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.

Movement & Ergonomics

So good for creating forwards tilt - If you aren't familiar with the huge benefits of forwards tilt and what it can do for your activity levels / spinal health, give us a call to chat or head over to our blog.

  • The Sofi Mesh combines the comfort of an ergonomic mesh backrest with the firm pelvis support of a foam seat - firm seats are 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 it's 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.

It'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.

RH Logic 400

Perfect Poise and Balance

The Varier Variable Balans - The original, the most ergonomic and the best kneeling chair, without breaking the bank.

These kneeling chairs are unique in being perfectly angled to prevent knee pressure, with lots of movement built in to trigger your balance reflex and keep your core strong. They also use materials that are designed to last decades.

Varier Kneeling chairs (Variable, Variable Plus, Thatsit and Wing) are the only kneeling chairs that our team have approved as suitable for a full 8hr day - and we have tested thousands of kneeling chairs over the last 30 years.

Varier Variable Balans

Tell me about kneeling chairs.

We have supplied thousands of ergonomic 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?

Kneeling Chairs

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