Ergonomic Furniture: It Feels Good and is Good for You

If you are thinking of redecorating your office space or working area, you might as well consider investing on ergonomic furniture. Aside from being the latest fad in the world of furniture, ergonomic furniture is good for your health. In fact, a report from the Centre for Disease and Control showed that 4 out of 10 people who spend their time sitting on their chairs, either at work or in their homes, for at least 8 hours a day are susceptible to musculoskeletal disorders. The possibility of having such disorder is amplified by using the wrong furniture. But through ergonomic furniture, you can sit comfortably all day long without compromising your body posture. Even our local Balmain Osteopaths who have fixed back pain issues in the inner west of Sydney approve this type of furniture.

Elements of a Good Ergonomic Furniture

Ergonomic Chair

  • Height = Must be adjustable; can be anywhere from 16 to 24 inches from the floor
  • Width = Wide enough to support your back; can be anywhere from 17 to 20 inches
  • Depth = Should have enough room for you to be able to set your back against the chair
  • Armrest = Should be adjustable
  • Back of chair = Can be anywhere from 12 to 19 inches
  • Lumbar support = Should be adjustable

Ergonomic Desks

  • Sit and stand desk = Should be adjustable
  • Portable desk = Can be adjusted and moved from one place to another
  • Medical workstation = Should have adjustable tilt and height

Why Ergonomic Furniture?

  • Work safely

When you work using non-ergonomic furniture, you are at risk from having stress injury or carpal tunnel syndrome. An ergonomic chair or desk will help curtail the pain from stress points (wrists, elbows, back, etc.) on your body. 

  • Be fruitful at work

You can not be as productive as you can be if you are uncomfortable at your work. Instead of focusing on your job, you get distracted due to back or neck pain. An ergonomic chair will give you the comfort you need to be efficient and productive.

  • Can adapt and adjust with any employee

Ergonomic furniture is created in a way that it can adapt and adjust to any employee who will use it. For instance, anyone can take an ergonomic chair and adjust it depending on his/her body type or injury.